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California New Rule for Seawater Desalination Plans

On May 6,2015, State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento endorsed a new permission to process for seawater desalination plans.  A day after the announcement of sweeping cutback in water use, this allowance set state regulators free from regional boards. The next step is the evaluation of the best locations and technologies to minimize the environmental risks. Standard reporting and monitoring requirements are applied for all new and already build desalination facilities. 

Just last week, Silicon Valley leaders took big gulps of filtered sewage water in hope to get new Advanced Water Purification Center in Alviso  approved by the California Environmental Quality Act funded by state bond money and federal funds. But for residents, it will mean an increase in water costs. How much would cost a desalinated water from an ocean?  While no one has a precise answer yet, Southern California government is pushing towards seawater desalination plants.  

Will underwater pipes harm the marine life? Critics say it's highly possible. The huge desalination plan that cost the state $1 billion is ready to open in November, 2015. Desalinated water will provide 10 percent of San Diego County water needs. This plant is located in Carlsbad, California. The second large desalination plant is sought South of L.A. in Huntington Beach. 

It has been just one month since California Governor Jerry Brown  directed first in the state history mandatory water reductions. Californias start to realize that while we must hope for the better we must prepare ourselves for the long-term drought and ever-increasing water bills. Foreseeing changes force us to make an adjustment in our plans, plants and lawns. The drought-efficient landscape is quickly becoming a part of our environment today.

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May 7, 2015   |   Water Conservation, Drought Tolerant Plants, California Water, California Drought, Drought In California, Drought California

Fake Grass Ban in Sacramento No Longer Enforced

Why is fake grass still illegal in certain California cities? In Sacramento for instance fake grass is prohibited in front lawns and has been so since 1984 when fake grass hadn't progressed to the point it has now. Back then, it looked tacky, but now it's virtually indistinguishable from real grass. It even has the brown thatching underneath the fibers. But now Sacramento's ban is no longer enforced. Sacramento District 4 Director Consuelo Hernandez has stated that "Currently artificial turf is prohibited by ordinance, however, given the current drought situation, it's not being actively enforced. Residents are not required to have live turf in their front yard under city code, but if they want to deviate they can put in half concrete or rock or paver-type materials and half live vegetation such as shrubs, plants, trees. Again, if they install artificial turf in the front yard, which at this point there have only been a few homes doing this the last couple years, code is not being enforced." Further, Sacramento City Council Member Steven says that he's actively trying to get fake grass legalized for front yards too.  Just one more indication that fake grass will soon be accepted not only by city officials, but by popular opinion as well. ...
April 10, 2015   |   Artificial Grass, Artificial Turf, Synthetic Grass, Artificial Lawn, Synthetic Turf, Water Conservation, Faux Grass, Lawn And Landscape, Drought Tolerant Plants, Synthetic Lawn

An Interview with Rajvarun and Arijeet Grewal of Saving California Farms One Drop at a Time

Brothers Arijeet and Rajvarun Grewal, students in Hanford, CA, helped forward a bill that would subsidize synthetic turf in California. The bill, AB 603, was introduced by Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas in February. If passed, the bill would grant a subsidy to those who replace their natural grass lawns with artificial grass.

Ari and Raj, students in Hantford at Pioneer Middle School and Sierra Pacific High School, thought of the idea and suggested it to Mr. Salas via a letter. Mr. Salas liked the idea, and now it's being put into motion. The brothers created a Facebook page for their project called Saving California Farms One Drop at a Time.

Ari and Raj agreed to speak with us in this interview, and Global Syn-Turf is honored to have them. 

Where did the idea come from?

Raj: Last summer, we decided to redo our landscape. My brother and I became interested in finding out if we could install synthetic grass, which will help conserve fresh water. My father explained that synthetic grass is expensive, and he further explained that we could go for it if it was subsidized like solar panels. This encouraged us to propose legislation.

What motivated you to pursue this endeavor so seriously?

Ari: Living in the Central Valley, one cannot escape drought news. We learned that more than 60% of fresh water is wasted on lawn maintenance in California. Therefore, we wanted to do our part to conserve fresh water.

When did you realize that the potential of synthetic grass as a drought-tolerant option wasn't being fully utilized?

Raj: After researching extensively on this topic, we learned that many cities in California did provide rebates for homeowners and businesses that purchased and installed synthetic turf. However, we learned that there was not a state-wide program that provided state-wide incentives, given that some of the cities and counties do not generate much tax revenue and cannot afford to provide incentives to its residents.

What do you think will be some of the long term effects of the popular adoption of synthetic grass in residential areas?

Ari: Primarily, the adoption of synthetic grass in residential areas would help conserve a lot of fresh water that can be used for our Central Valley agriculture. It would also decrease the chances of another severe drought to occur in California.

Do you think synthetic grass has any advantages over other drought-tolerant alternatives, such as xeriscaping?

Raj: Synthetic grass and drought- tolerant alternatives both have advantages. They both help reduce the wastage of fresh water. However, grass is a part of our natural lives. Xeriscaping, on the other hand, takes away that naturalness.

On your Facebook page you say that "One day, water may lead to the division of California." Could you expound on that?

Raj: It is a politically hot subject. Several times in the past, a division of California has been proposed. More than any other political reason, water was the main issue. Recently, there is zero water allocation from the Sacramento--San Joaquin River Delta due to smelt fish. The majority of Central Valley residents believe that Big Brothers on both sides (North and South) control most of the legislative processes due to their population and, hence, influence and control of the flow of water.

On your Facebook page you say that you "would like to propose a clause in the bill allocating a percent of subsidy to provide vocational and trade education for those who may get negatively impacted so they can rebuild a better and brighter future for themselves and their families." Could you expound on this idea?

Ari: We wanted to make sure that our proposal does not negatively impact anyone, especially hardworking Californians in the landscape industry. Therefore, we proposed a portion of incentives to train them in synthetic grass installation.

On your Facebook page you say that popular adoption of synthetic grass will "bring economic prosperity to the state of California." Could you explain this a bit further?

Ari: In the beginning, lot of people were against Internet or online shopping, and now we can see how many jobs it has created in terms of software, e-commerce, and logistics (warehouse and transportation) jobs. Along the same lines, we strongly believe that the synthetic grass industry will also contribute in creating jobs (i.e. manufacturing, installation, and maintenance).

What has it been like working with Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas? Are there any lessons you can impart to us that you learned from working with him?

Raj: It was a wonderful experience. We have learned more about the other projects and bills that are being proposed in the Assembly Session. We have learned to become more active in our community.

Did you have a specific strategy for pitching the Bill to the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, Mr. Phil Ting?

Ari: It was a great pleasure to meet Mr. Phil Ting and asking for his support in person. We believe we have already reached the masses via TV and newspapers. We have also requested the local city council and county Board of supervisors to write to Mr. Ting in our bill's support. We also encourage the industry (including your company) to support and lobby our bill.

What was the experience like traveling to Sacramento to introduce AB 603? Did anything occur that was unexpected? What was the most surprising thing you learned about during your trip introducing the bill?

Ari: It was an amazing experience. We were honored and delighted to be invited by Mr. Salas to be a part of history in the making. We still have goose bumps from being on the assembly floor submitting AB 603 and seeing "Grewal Family" name on the notice board in the assembly hall. As a visitor you are just allowed to be in the gallery, but being there, on the assembly floor, just feels great!

Raj, according to a report, you are interested in pursuing a career in politics because of this experience. Is there a specific area of politics you are interested in?

Raj: I have not fully chosen my field; however, whatever job I do take, I would love to give back to my community. Going through this adventure has definitely opened my eyes to the endless career paths from which I could choose.

How does this experience fit into both of your long-term goals?

Ari: Our community has instilled in us the will power to give back to our community. Proposing this bill has given us the opportunity to help our neighborhoods. Also, we have learned that the sky has no limit in defining our own destiny.

Is there anything else either of you would like to talk about?

Raj: We highly appreciate you reaching out to us. Once again, we strongly request your company's leadership team to engage law makers in California (especially Mr. Ting and Mr. Salas) and support our bill.

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March 19, 2015   |   Artificial Grass, Artificial Turf, Artificial Turf, Fake Grass, Fake Grass, Synthetic Grass, Artificial Lawn, Synthetic Turf, Water Conservation, Eco Friendly Products, Drought Tolerant Plants, California Water, California Drought

Paso Robles - Wine Wars

"The drought is being used as a political mechanism to take away property rights," said Cindy Steinbeck of Steinbeck Vineyards; Winery in Paso Robles. To take water from streams, lakes and rivers in California, you must have permits and licenses, but no such process existed before for groundwater. Now, groundwater legislation becomes law.  On September, 16 governor Brown Jr. signed the legislation that mandates the creation of local groundwater agencies that will manage, control the extraction of water from underground, and create plans to help sustain water supplies in the state. "We are in a severe drought, but that doesn't mean private landowners should have to give up what is theirs." Three opposing groups formed to advocate different approaches, from forming a water district to stopping future growth to adjudicating water rights by a court process.  Groundwater has been regulated in greatly diverse ways from other water sources. Surface water and groundwater are handled oppositely in state law in a way that makes little sense, because as we know one affects the other.  The water deficit created impressive rifts in the Paso Robles community, turning neighbors against neighbors, holing winery versus winery, over the best way to refresh the shared water basin. " "We are all peers," said Steinbeck, whose association expects two lawsuits she's filed will force adjudication. "We just have entire different philosophical reasonings. My idea comes from a property-rights prospective.  I believe that if I take care of what I have and my neighbors do the alike, we are the best chamberlains of this land." As virtually any Californian can tell you, we are in a cruel drought.  In the last two years  in Paso Robles,  we've had almost no rain.  Listening to the national news, I'd be surprised if not most of the other states knows we had no rain in the Golden State for the past couple of years.  The Paso Robles water Basin is the biggest natural underground aquifer in California.  Landowners are not happy to become a source of water of outside communities. They are always dealing with water shortages themselves. As a fact, many homeowners targeted lands with wells, and now, when the state tries to intrude into their property rights, they are willing to fight.  The Board of Supervisors of AAGS, Agricultural Alliance Groundwater Solutions, is opposed to export their water outside the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.  Does it mean we shouldn't flee to Paso Robles this weekend? I hope not. When it come to love, romance most Californias think Paso Robles. With  cowboy bars, offbeat art studios, and a state-of-the-art tasting rooms, this area in the California wine country is on the top-list of the state attractions. Hopefully, we will not lose famous California destination over wine wars. But as everyone else in the state, the California drought does not play nice. ...
October 9, 2014   |   Drought Tolerant Plants, Water Shortage, Water Drought

Water-efficiency Programs in Contra Costa County, CA

If you own a property in Contra Costa county, which includes Antioch, Bay Point, Clyde, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martine, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole and Pittsburg, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Port Costa, you may hear about water-efficiency programs and rebates held by water agency in collaboration with PG&E. There are five types of rebates:  1.    Washer machine rebates program 2.    Toilet High-Efficiency rebate 3.    Landscape water-efficiency program 4.    Sprinkler Timer rebates 5.    Free Water Conservation Devices Most programs are preset to the end of a year (2014), so if you didn't make any home improvements this year, and you still have time to save some money, or pick up free devices that will help you reduce your water bill and to conserve water. All programs work on the basis, first-come, first-serve.  1.   Washer machine rebates program   If you purchase the Energy Star Most Efficient (ESME) washing machine (for clothes) between January, 1 2014 and December, 31 2014, submit your rebate application to receive $200 back not later than six months after the date of purchase.  Here is the full list of approved models:  PG&E list for quaifying clothes washers You will need a proof of purchase (don't forget to make copies). The limit of rebates from one water agency is once per five years, which is reasonable in respect to the average 5-years life-span of highly computerized washers nowadays.  There is also a $50 rebate that applies to all Tier 3 on the consortium for Energy Efficiency list:   Clotheswasher Aplication  Phone number to call: 1-800-933-9555 (PG&E's energy line) 2.    Toilet High-Efficiency Rebate That's a tougher program to get the rebate for up to $125.  First, your existing toilet must be installed before 1994 and use three and a half gallons per flush or more. If you are not sure, look inside the tank or at the neck of the toilet bowl. Often, manufacturers put there the indexes of the water usage. Before 1992, the standard number was less than 1.6 GPF (Gallons per flush). If your toilet was purchased after 1992, you are more likely have 3.5-7 GPF. Secondly, there is no application online to file. You must visit the District Center:  1331 Concord Ave, Concord, CA (M-F from 8-5). Call them first (925) 688-8320.  Another requirement, of course, is that your new toilet must be labeled new US EPA WaterSense HET.  When you submit the rebate application along with the sales receipt, CCWD will schedule a post-installation inspection, and the rebate check for up to $125 will be mailed to you in 4-6 weeks.  3.    Landscape water-efficiency program "Lose a Lawn - Get a Garden"   If you like to get an idea how to redesign your existing lawn, you can get 2-hours FREE professional landscape design assistance. You must pay $150 fee at the time of service and will be reimbursed when your lawns transformation is completed.  You can get $1.00 per square foot, and up to $1,000 maximum for residential properties, and up to $10,000 for commercial accounts. This program applies only to front yards (visible to public). If you lawn didn't have in-ground sprinklers system installed prior to the lawn removal, you can't participate in this program. It sounds unfair for homeowners who love to water their front-yard lawns by hand, but that's a deal. You must also replace your lawn with water-efficient plants from the list:  Water Efficiency Plants If you plan to install artificial grass, your contractor must be licensed. Without it, your rebate application will not be approved. The artificial grass must permeable for air and water. 50% of the area must be covered with living plants.  Call us today to find a licensed contractor in Contra Costa county: 1-877-796-8873. You can find out more: http://www.ccwater.com/L2G-cgi/FAQs.asp 6.   Smart Sprinkler Timer rebates This program is good only from commercial, multi-family, and municipal customers. To apply, you must have well-maintained irrigation system in place and have above 150% of average water consumption in your area. To start, you must submit your application to CCWD along with the original sales receipt for existing equipment. Your property will be inspected twice - once before and after the installation. http://www.ccwater.com/smart_timer/commercial.asp 5.    Free Water Conservation Devices There are six devices you can pick up for free at CCWD Water conservation office, 1331 Concord Ave, Concord, CA. Limit yourself in taking long showers. You can have a Four Minute Shower Timer free. Earth 2-Flow Soak & Soap massage showerhead has 9-jet turbo-massage spray with on/off toggle switch. 2-flow kitchen aerator with swivel, 1.5 gallons-per-minute bathroom faucet aerator, 6-pattern hose nozzle and even Dye Tablets to check if your toilet leaks.   http://www.ccwater.com/conserve/devices.asp ...
October 6, 2014   |   Artificial Grass, Water Conservation, Drought Tolerant Plants

Artificial Grass Las Vegas, NV

This summer of 2014 in July, scientists, policy experts, guests and  economists gathered for or the annual meeting of the International Conference on Climate Change, organized by the Heartland Institute to discuss one of the greatest controversies of the contemporary era, global warming. Their choice for a meeting? The lovely Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  On the facade, it seems like the perfect place. Vegas is built on fakery and rejection. It's a megalopolis of 2 million people designed to resemble any other town in United States with the dazzling desert around it. It makes us feel rich  and takes our last penny.  But in reality, the Vegas is on the edge of water consumption. In June, 34 people were dragged off to topic hospitals and another 172 were settle for heat-related injuries when during the Warped Tour the mercury hit 115 degrees  and they were held in the parking lot of the casino. At least one resident died of heatstroke during the heat, and more could as well while authorities tried to restore the electric power many homes lost during the heat-wave. Without air conditioners, Las Vegas would not be as popular tourist place.  According to the National Climate Assessment, if we will continuously increase pollution we pump into the air, the south-western states will see temperatures rise by 5.5 to almost 9.5 degrees F every year.  If you add 10 degrees to an 115-degree scorcher, you see what can happen. A national transformation of the IPCC report sums it up in not pleasant way.  Every year heat-waves become longer, hotter and more frequent. Not only does that put nation at risk of heatstroke and other moderation-related problems, but it also aggravate ground-level gas pollution and exacerbates a multitude of cardiovascular, reins, and respiratory diseases.  The climate change will effect poor neighborhoods first. People fight over global warming, often forget about such food-deserts as Ward 5.  Water supply future does not look good either according to the assessment. Records show firm mega-droughts for at least next 50 years. Droughts we will see tomorrow are predicted to be a lot hotter, more intense, and lasting longer. For the last fourteen years, Las Vegas is experiencing pretty serious drought. And it is just the start.  Scientific prognosis about precipitations is not as accurate as the overall drought conditions, but even thought divergent models draw slightly different results, residents of Las Vegas may kiss their grass good-bye. Even worse, there is no confidence that trees will able to provide enough shade to protect from the heat. Considering that the population of South-Western regions continues to grow up along with the water usage, it becomes extremely challenging to manage such a system.  According to the findings of Matt Lachniet, an associate geology professor of UNLV, the recent temperatures in the regions are in the range of normality, it is premature to say that humans didn't affluence the climate change. As now the Earth supposes to be at the "cool" historic stage. Nevertheless, we observe the temperature rise. In Las Vegas, NV the climate change preparation is not just worth talking about, but also dealing with starting yesterday. As the authorities, scientists, ecologists and enthusiasts try to solve the dilemma on the upper level, home- and business-owners must deal with our own daily routines and adapt to the environment and climate change in our own way. There are different ideas of how to handle water droughts. There are several questions arise. Should we quit our lawn letting them dry-out? Or can we try to maintain the conventional look of our residences, streets and resorts? In the face of water droughts, the only option we have is an artificial grass. The usage of artificial grass is becoming more and more common in the U.S. It has all the observe and feel of elegant, well-manicured natural green grass leaving maintenance, repair, and watering cost aside. Artificial grass is manufactured of synthetic fibers, which may hold nylon, or polypropylene.  Having a synthetic lawn is a prodigious time saviour and can save you money over time. It allows you to have the presence of a perfectly cut green lawn without the price and time involved with maintenance, machinery, tools, fertilizers, weed killers, other lawn care products, or watering. When you estimate the multitude of advantages, it starts to make sense, and you may never want to turn back to regular lawn.  Previously artificial turf known as AstroTurf looked so unrealistic that it was not good reason enough to substitute natural grass. It looked more like a carpet than real turf. Nevertheless, artificial grass surfaces have come a long way in the beyond decade with respect to realism, comfort, and safety.  One of the other big use of having a synthetic lawn is the amount of moiré you will sweetmeat. This not only help lower your water bill; it also relieves defend our natural contrivance. Artificial grass does not necessity an irrigation system or any watering. The southwestern states, cities around Las Vegas, NV in severe drought conditions are just not good climates for natural grass.  The presence of synthetic grass has drop so authentic that even luxury hotels are using it. For illustrate, the luxurious Wynn Las Vegas, a luxurious hotel and casino, uses artificial grass coverings in front of the property instead of regular grass. Only upon end inspection can you tell it is not kerçek grass. Also, on Las Vegas Boulevard, the metropolis of Las Vegas uses artificial grass. By deed this, the Wynn is saving a division of coin on moisten and maintenance rib while aid to preserve the environment's resources.  Synthetic lawns can be regulated and lacerate to fit the landscape area. You can still have timber, shrubs, or another plan in your yard. For instance, if you want to have a tree on one side of your lawn, it is not an issue at all. During the installation, the synthetic turf can easily be cut to fit the desired region. The surface looks so genuine that many people never cane it is not true grass, especially if you outline it with flowers or plants.  ...
September 23, 2014   |   Artificial Grass, Artificial Turf, Synthetic Grass, Artificial Grass Cost, Drought Tolerant Plants, Water Drought

Artificial Grass Business Booming In North Texas!

Companies that manufacture or install artificial lawns are experiencing a boom in business, due to the drought-like conditions and watering restrictions in many North Texas cities. But the synthetic lawns today aren't the same plastic AstroTurf made popular in the 1970s. The products on the market now, are not just used for putting greens and football fields either. Tim Dvorak, owner of the company Synthetic Grass Pro, and gets calls every day from homeowners inquiring about artificial grass. "I discussed this with many turf manufacturers, that's a big thing they notice. As soon as there are drought restrictions, watering restrictions, or an ordinance like the City of Dallas two-days a week restriction, it really just makes this industry explode," said Dvorak. Today's synthetic lawns are made to stay cool underfoot, drain water well, and last for 10-15 years. The products come in different shades of green, different textures, and mimic different varieties of natural grass. Choosing artificial can be expensive upfront: prices range from $7.50 to $15 a square foot.   Many homeowners with artificial grass installed in their yards feel that the investment was worth it. "The initial cost is expensive, but it's already paid for itself over the four years. Not having to re-sod it, not having to water. The yard guys[come less often]. So it's more than paid for itself," said Dvorak. Many homeowners can be skeptical at the beginning, until they see the fake grass first-hand.  Not all cities in North Texas are on board with artificial grass, though. Frisco does not allow artificial turf at this time, and many homeowners' associations have rules. Highland Park passed an ordinance restricting artificial turf to back yards. Other cities, however, have no rules in place limiting synthetic grass. Those cities include Dallas, Arlington, Denton, and University Park. ...
July 31, 2014   |   Lawn Maintenance, Artificial Grass, Artificial Turf, Artificial Turf, Fake Grass, Fake Grass, Synthetic Grass, Artificial Lawn, Synthetic Turf, Artificial Grass Cost, Artificial Grass For Dogs, Water Conservation, Eco Friendly Products, Grass Installation, Artificial Turf Installation, Synthetic Turf Supplier, Faux Grass, Lawn And Landscape, Grass For Dogs, Lawn Service, Cat Grass, Pet Grass, Drought Tolerant Plants, Pet Turf, Paver Patio, Putting Greens, Playground, Backyard, Drainage, Artificial Grass Installation

Best of Hayward Awards For Lawn & Garden

Global Syn-Turf - Artificial Lawn Distributor has been selected for the 2014 Best of Hayward Awards for Lawn & Garden Equipment. ...
May 22, 2014   |   Artificial Grass, Artificial Turf, Fake Grass, Fake Grass, Synthetic Grass, Artificial Grass Cost, Eco Friendly Products, Grass Installation, Artificial Turf Installation, Drought Tolerant Plants, Paver Patio, California Water, Putting Greens, Golf

Global Syn-Turf Grand Opening in Southern California

  We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our new location in Commerce, California. As a manufacturer of the artificial grass in United States, we strive to bring our products closer to our customers. There is no secret in the industry that Global Syn-Turf, Inc. has the largest inventory in the country. Demand for high quality synthetic solutions for playing surfaces and landscapes has grown in many states in the last five years, but with a catastrophic drought that hit Californians again in 2008 and intensified in 2012, people start to realize the necessity of adapting and exploring new technologies that can help to conserve water. While governor Jerry Brown is signing a 687 million-dollar drought-relief package to provide farm workers who have lost employment with needed housing, food and assistance, as consumers we have no time to hope for a better future. Instead, we need to become more conscious about realities of our environment. Synthetic turf is not like an old-fashioned way to conserve water as, for example, rainwater collection, but according to statistics, between four to eight billion gallons of water were conserved in 2010 through the use of artificial grass. Long and hot summer awaits Southern California this year. For many companies and home owners it is time to consider new ways to adapt resilient water management for long-term relief for a drought. Visit us in our new location in Commerce, California. We have synthetic turf for any possible use you can imagine, commercial and residential, from sport and playground solutions to professional putting greens.   ...
March 13, 2014   |   Artificial Grass, Artificial Turf, Fake Grass, Synthetic Turf, Water Conservation, Drought Tolerant Plants, California Water, Putting Greens, Playground
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