California Drought: How to Conserve Water and Keep Your Lawn

Did you know that as of this week 31 states are experiencing moderate drought, or worse?

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That means that currently 42% of the United States is experiencing a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall. As you may know, the lack of precipitation can have a major impact on water supply, agriculture, and energy production. As summer approaches and temperatures increase, droughts are expected to become more frequent and severe in some locations.

What is happening?

For the very first time in history, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a water shortage emergency at the beginning of 2022. Governor Gavin Newsome urged California residents to ‘step up their water conservation efforts’ and warned that restrictions may need to be put in place if efforts were not made.

Unfortunately, due to the continued lack of precipitation; on May 24th 2022, the State Water Board of California adopted an emergency regulation. Since then, counties across southern California have been trying to determine what the best course of action would be to conserve water and how to implement regulations to preserve the state's water supply.


Who is affected?

As of this week, more than 6 million residents of southern California are now placed under new drought rules in an extreme effort to conserve water. The MWD is urging residents of affected areas to reduce their water usage by 35%.

The new outdoor watering restrictions will affect customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Calleguas Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Three Valleys Municipal Water District and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

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Below is a list of the cities and communities that fall within these districts: 

  • Agoura Hills,
  • Arcadia
  • Avocado Heights
  • Azusa
  • Baldwin Park
  • Bassett
  • Bradbury
  • Calabasas
  • Camarillo
  • Canoga Park
  • Chatsworth
  • Chino
  • Chino Hills
  • City of Industry
  • Claremont
  • Covina
  • Culver City
  • Duarte
  • El Monte
  • Encino
  • Fontana
  • Granada Hills
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Irwindale
  • La Puente
  • La Verne
  • Los Angeles
  • Mission Hills
  • Monrovia
  • Montclair
  • Moorpark
  • Newbury Park
  • North Hills
  • North Hollywood
  • North Whittier
  • Northridge
  • Oak Park
  • Ontario
  • Oxnard
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Pacoima
  • Panorama City
  • Playa del Rey
  • Playa Vista
  • Point Mugu NAWC
  • Port Hueneme
  • Port Hueneme CBC Base
  • Porter Ranch
  • Rancho Cucamonga
  • Reseda
  • Rialto
  • Rosemead
  • San Gabriel
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Simi Valley
  • Somis
  • South El Monte
  • South Pasadena
  • Spy Glass Hill
  • Studio City
  • Sun Valley
  • Sunland
  • Sylmar
  • Tarzana
  • Temple City
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Tujunga
  • Universal City
  • Upland
  • Valinda
  • Valley Village
  • Van Nuys
  • Venice
  • West Covina
  • West Hills
  • West Hollywood
  • Westlake Village
  • Whittier
  • Winnetka
  • Woodland Hills.


What are the Restrictions?

  • Las Angeles Department of Power and Water: limiting every resident in the city of Los Angeles to watering only 2 days a week, only 8 minutes per day or 15 if they have water-conserving nozzles.
  • Las Virgenes Municipal Water District: limiting every resident in Calabasas, Aguora Hills, Hidden Hills and Westlake Village to a 1 day a week watering limit.
  • West Basin Municipal Water District: limiting every resident in Culver City, El Segundo, Inglewood and Palos Verdes Estates and Malibu to a 2 day a week watering limit.
  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency and Calleguas Municipal Water: allowing their agencies to institute the best plans for their areas. Some area residents will follow a 1 day a week watering limit, while others are abiding to volumetric allocations.
  • Three Valleys Municipal Water District: limiting every resident in Covina, Glendora, La Verne, Pomona, Rowland, Walnut Valley, Claremont, San Dimas, Valencia Heights and Mt. San Antonio to a 1 day a week watering limit with 50% conservation.
  • Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District: limiting every resident in Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, La Puente, Monrovia, Rosemead, San Gabriel, South El Monte, South Pasadena, Temple City, and West Covina to a 2 day a week watering limit.
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How OtO can help 

Meet OtO, the world's first smart sprinkler and wireless controller that actually saves you time and money. Using real time local and regional weather, windspeed, humidity and temperature data, OtO actively adjusts its schedule to deliver the perfect amount of water and nutrients to your lawn for optimal results.

By automatically watering and applying liquid treatments to your lawn and garden from one compact device, you'll significantly simplify your maintenance routine and save up to 50% on your water bill. 


Create Custom Zones:

With up to 10 precise irrigation zones and a revolutionary long range 360° nozzle, reach more of your lawn from one compact device. Create custom-shaped zones in your yard and put an end to overlap and runoff. 

There are three types of zones that you can create with OtO:

  • Spot: create a group of spots that you want to water or treat the same way. (Ex: a group of trees)
  • Line: create a single line that you want to water or treat (Ex: a row of hedges)
  • Polygon: create an area that you want to water or treat (Ex: your lawn)


Set a Schedule: 

Edit your schedule on the mobile app and make changes to the watering amount, all from the palm of your hand.  Set the days and time you want your OtO to water your lawn and easily abide by local regulations to conserve water.

Set Water Limits: 

Simplify your lawn maintenance with smart watering. OtO reacts in real time to weather, humidity, windspeed, and temperature changes in order to create the perfect schedule for your lawn. Adjust your watering limits for each zone and OtO will apply the amount you set. By enabling Weather Intelligence, OtO will skip watering events on days that have and/or are forecasted to rain (beyond precipitation threshold) or if the current wind speed is higher than the set threshold. 


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OtO Solutions:

OtO not only keeps your plants watered, it also applies OtO Solutions like fertilizer, natural mosquito & tick control, and more. Healthy soil is the secret to getting strong, beautiful plants. Our Lawn Food+ fertilizer is fortified with molasses to feed the microbes in your soil, not only promoting healthy, resilient plants without synthetics, but reducing your water consumption too.


Can OtO help me conserve water during a drought?

With the precision watering nozzle, you can program exactly where you'd like to water, avoiding sidewalks and driveways. OtO's intelligent system also factors in the weather, wind conditions and water pressure, only watering in a way that maximizes absorption.

As such, over time, OtO can reduce your water consumption by approximately 50%, even saving you money (and helping the planet too!).

 Try OtO and OtO Solutions today.

Are you living in one of these communities and are affected by the drought? Let us know in the comments below!

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