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California Drought Leads to the Use of “Gray Water”

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Thursday, 26 November , 2015

Many areas of the state are under water restrictions aimed at reducing water consumption by 25 percent from 2013 levels. In residential areas, this includes limitations to lawn watering, car washing and use of water in decorative fountains. California’s long-term drought and water restriction has led many homeowners to seek alternative means of watering their landscape.

A new movement, known as “gray water recycling,” has risen in popularity as a viable way to irrigate home landscapes. The Wall Street Journal reports that many Californians are installing this type of system, which recycles domestic water used in showers, sinks and bathtubs, repurposing it for irrigation. This type of water is known as “gray water.” It is important to note that sewage, or “black water,” from toilets is not included in this type of system.

The rise in the use of gray water recycling has even led to changes in building codes. The state’s plumbing code now allows home owners to create a simple irrigation system for the safest gray water without a permit. Before this change, it was estimated that more than a million California residents had illegal gray water systems.

Gray water can be used to water landscapes as well as vegetable gardens. However, it is important to note that it should not come into contact with the part of the plant that is to be eaten or with root vegetables. This means that gray water cannot be use for vegetables like carrots and potatoes. However, aboveground produce like tomatoes are acceptable for gray water irrigation purposes.

Installing a Water-Saving Irrigation System

If you want to ensure your landscaping survives the harsh California drought, there are many different options available to you that do not violate water restrictions. The experts at Juniper Landscape Company Landscaping in San Diego have extensive knowledge of water-saving systems that can be installed to save you water.

We understand that irrigation is necessary for a healthy landscape in a harsh desert climate. That is why our team offers services including design, installation and troubleshooting for any irrigation system. This includes drip to commercial grade rotors.

The experts at Juniper Landscape Company know irrigation. Along with our extensive knowledge, we are proud to be a Hunter preferred contractor and member of the CLCA. We believe that water is a precious resource that should be conserved. Along with offering irrigation services, we can also help you design a landscape that is drought-friendly, including using drought-friendly plants and removing water-wasting grass.


Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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