Will recent rains mean an increase in our water supply and drop in water prices?Mark Weston, a Poway resident and immediate past president of the county agency board, told the council that the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), had invested extensively over the past two decades to upgrade water storage and delivery systems so the county can wean itself from "Metro" water. Part of the higher water costs being passed along to local water districts reflect the costs of financing those improvements. Rates are likely to climb consistently in coming years, he agreed. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know it's going to get more expensive," Mullin said.
Water prices in Poway are continuing to rise after a city council meeting, where the vote was unanimous to raise rates, even after the complaints of many residents was heard. "I've lived here for 25 years, and my water bills keep going up, up, up, " one woman said. "I don't use my dishwasher, I've got dirt for a lawn, and this is how we get rewarded?"
While we have received a substantial amount of rain, water will not be more affordable than it was last year. As a matter of fact, it will cost you more.
January marked a special time for Soil Technolgy and the Mellano Company, since it was the first testing of our patented polymer at the infamous Carlsbad Flower Fields. A savings of 20% has been maintained and we are now conducting the next and final validation trial at their 350 acre ranch, located in San Luis Rey.
For this trial, separate irrigation lines have been installed to apply the polymer in four replicated areas onto one of the myrtle fields. A valuable aspect of this trial is the data comparison we will be able to achieve, since production records for this particular field goes back 15 years. So not only will we be gathering water savings data, but will also measure productivity rates as well. We are expecting great results from this trial, so stay tuned for more updates!
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Located in beautiful Oceanside, California, the Titleist Performance Institute boasts a 20 acre training and development center and state of the art facilities. To keep on the cutting edge, Titleist Superintendent, Mike Greninger, has consulted with Soil Technology for water saving and landscape beautification. This has resulted in a year supply of our patented polymer and we are happy to announce they have already seen 15% savings on their water use!
Just outside the heart of Palm Desert, Ironwood Country Club and HOA offers residents and members all the amenities of luxury living October until April, when the snowbirds head home and the temperatures start to rise. Within the 800 acres Ironwood boasts, there are two championship golf courses and many areas with lush landscaping.
Soil Technology is proud to team up with one of California’s largest flower growers, Mellano & Company (Mellano.com), at the infamous Carlsbad Flower Fields for a water conservation trial! To create an equal trial our development team split up a 2 acre field section of irrigation to install meters on each side. The day after the polymer application irrigation was reduced by 20%. In addition to the water savings, we’ll be watching germination and how quickly the water moves laterally across the beds. Jess Williams, operation manager, said “if this product can get my beds completely wet in 20 to 22 minutes, rather than 30 plus minutes, we’ll save a lot more than 20 percent. We’re excited to be working with Soil Technology and their water management expertise.”