Shameful Irrigation Maintenance

July 19th, 2010  |  Published in Around The Neighborhood, LR Blog: Growing Sustainability

As a society, we have all sorts or rules and regulations in place that are intended to protect and conserve the environment and natural resources.  Unfortunately, there is no appropriate recourse for negligent landscape management.

Take for example, this “professionally managed” apartment complex/water-park in the central coast.  Although accidents happen and sprinkler heads break and gush during irrigation cycles, the poor condition of this landscape is no accident at all.  Rather, years of neglect have created an eyesore with an irrigation system so mal-adjusted that every head (a minimum of 45) needs major adjustment or repair.  We won’t even start to discuss the condition of the plants.

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As there is no penalty structure in place to punish those responsible (or in this case, irresponsible), we must suffice with contacting our water districts and lodging formal complaints.

In most instances, the property owner or landscape maintenance personnel are not aware of any problems and would truly appreciate to know if something is wrong.  Usually knocking on doors or leaving notes at homes is a good way to go.

But if you are having trouble getting through to someone, another way to call attention to problems is with Report Water Waste.  This website allows you to report water waste online and anonymously.  They can’t guarantee any action, but it is a good option nonetheless.

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