Three Ways to Combat the Water Rate Increase
Starting in March, water rates will increase by 6.4 percent in San Diego, with even larger rate increases occurring in areas outside of the city. In fact, since 2007, water bills will have increased by 67 percent, bringing the average homeowner’s water bill up to $72.03. With the cost of water getting so high, many consumers are searching for eco landscaping ideas so they can reduce their water usage in the long-term. Here are three ways that you can lower your water bill.
1. Irrigation Assessment
Irrigation assessments are designed to detect leaks in your sprinklers, drip system, valves, and controllers; check water pressure; determine if you are overwatering your plants; and review the types of plants you have in your front and back yards. Once a qualified irrigation specialist has evaluated your property, he or she can provide you with recommendations to help you curb your water usage.
2. Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation systems can be installed in your garden to feed your plants a precise amount of water on a specific schedule. Efficient drip systems can significant reduce the amount of water you use each month.
3. Native Planting
Native planting refers to use of plants that naturally grow in your area; because they have adapted to the geographical area, native plants require much less water and maintenance than other plants.