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Old 04-11-2015, 12:13 PM   #1
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Considering a rv lot purchase in Palm Springs/Indio. Concerned about water shortage restrictions that could turn grass filled flower parks into a desert landscape. Any talk about this?

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Old 04-11-2015, 12:17 PM   #2
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Palm Springs/Indio is desert. There should not be grassy lawns there!

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Old 04-11-2015, 12:30 PM   #3
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Although the state has mandated a 25% reduction, so far they are leaving it up to the hundreds of local water districts, how to achieve that level of reduction. Each local district has published their preliminary restrictions, most include some level of restriction on lawn & garden watering. Some just say no lawn watering during daytime hours, some say its only allowed 1 or 2 days a week, some say its only allowed on days they say its ok. Once a district determines that these preliminary restrictions are not meeting the 25% requirement and they face $10,000 a day fines, they may prohibit all lawn watering completely.

In addition to these specific restrictions by district, the water rates are going to be significantly increased based on usage levels, the more you use the higher per gal cost, so that even if its allowed, you may not be able to afford to water a large lawn unless you have an unlimited budget. At $500 per gallon that green lawn and flower bed may not look as nice.
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:05 PM   #4
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According to the local news last night. The desert is being hit with a 35% reduction. Not sure what that will mean to common areas in private communities. It may depend upon what water district serves that area. It may also depend upon whether or not the common areas are irrigated using potable or non-potable water.

We live in Sun City Palm Desert, serviced by Coachella Valley Water District. Our community has so far decided to drain one ornamental water feature near our gate and replace it with Desert landscaping. Our golf courses and common areas are irrigated with non-potable water.

I would have a good chat with ORI management and also with the water district they depend on for water.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:32 PM   #5
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Palm Springs/Indio is desert. There should not be grassy lawns there!
I'm with you! Don't go to the desert and expect grassy lawns. Enjoy it for what it is.
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We own in that area. Our golf course is green and watered with non potable water. That is the best place in the US in the dead of winter.

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