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No More HOA Fines for Dying Vegetation During Drought

According to an article written by Hector Gonzalez and published in the Signal newspaper, our local government and homeowner associations can no longer impose fines on residents for dying vegetation during the drought. This measure was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown and goes into effect beginning Monday, August 4, 2014. It applies to all local HOA’s in Santa Clarita Valley and all of California! As long as we’re in this declared emergency drought condition, the measure will continue to stay in effect! Residents living in HOA neighborhoods must still keep the outside of their homes maintained as always, but if the grass and shrubs start dying, residents cannot be penalized.

Although the new measures and regulations are absolutely necessary, none of us want to see our lawns and gardens die. It will be a sad day for us all when we return home from a long day at work only see all our landscaping dead from lack of water. We’re not saying that’s going to happen, but it could. This drought is serious business and if it continues, so must we reduce our water consumption. If that eventually results in dead lawns and shrubs, so be it. Here’s an interesting way to grow a garden without using near as much water. To check out this Aquaponics solution Click Here!.

Looking Back Drought Related Actions

  • As we previously reported, the State of California requested residents to voluntarily cut back their water use by 20% beginning in May of 2014.
  • Unfortunately, residents responded by using 1% more water than was used in May of 2014! Obviously us residents didn’t take the request seriously.
  • Responding to resident complaints, Governor Brown had to apply some real pressure in the way of penalties for wasting water.
  • Some Residents complained their water saving efforts were hampered by their HOA’s by fining them for dying lawns and shrubs.
  • As written in this post, Governor Brown signs measure preventing HOA’s and Local Government from fining residents for dying lawns and shrubs.

As we’ve previously posted, this is the worst drought in California in more than 40 years and it has reached emergency proportions. Unfortunately, we’re also smack in the middle of another very hot southern California summer, but then, when it’s comes to a serious drought, the timing is never good! No one can accurately predict the future, but I’d bet my green lawn the drought is going to get worse before it gets better, so we all better start doing our part by¬† saving water before there’s none left!

Water Saving Challenge

On behalf of, I challenge residents to cut back on their water by 50%, instead of the 20% our government is shooting for. Personally, I’m cutting my irrigation water in half, and if things turn brown, too bad! At least I know my HOA can’t penalize me and I’d rather be drinking water myself than watering my plants.

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