The following is an email we received this morning from the Conservation Project Coordinator at SAWS...
"Stage 2 will probably be declared on Monday, April 30th . Please contact your customers and arrange to change their controllers if they have not already done so. Stage 3 is a definite possibility later this summer. Again, permitted hours for Stage 2 are 3 am – 8 am and 8 pm – 10 pm, one day a week.
Also, there has been some confusion on the New Landscape Variances. Variances are not automatic. They are given to newly built houses and commercial buildings, major renovations resulting from unforeseen events like utility construction or re-grading due to soil slippage. Drought is not considered unforeseen. They are not necessarily given to vast expanses of 100% turf replacement or to small beds or sections of turf (“Beautification landscape projects do not qualify for a variance...Replacing or adding plants or turf to existing, established landscapes is highly discouraged and generally will not be granted a variance unless extenuating circumstances exist..”).
We want to take this opportunity to encourage you to speak to your customers on the benefit of not replacing turf and rather going to expanded beds or hardscape. These will receive more favorable attention for variances and are options less likely to die once again during this continuing drought. We also want to encourage a dialogue with you on ways we can get the message out on not replacing 100% turf, i.e. more media information, expanded rebates, etc. We are looking for any suggestion right now.
Contact me if you have any questions or comments."
Mark A. Peterson
Project Coordinator – Conservation