San Diego’s Sensible Water Leak Conservation: Perks Included!

Mar 21

San Diego’s Sensible Water Leak Conservation: Perks Included!

Residents of America’s Finest City will be able to take part in a variety of fun, resourceful events this month. It’s Fix a Leak Week and there are several activities and promotions happening city-wide! Also, San Diegans may be able to take part in a financial incentive on water leak repairs. Did you know that household leaks are estimated to waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water a year- nationwide? That’s enough to serve the annual needs of 11 million homes. This is a well-heeled reminder to check for any undetected leaks throughout your home. Consider your sinks, bathtubs, showers and anywhere you may have a water apparatus, including your water meter. Many meters have a small, red leak detector that spins when water is being used, which may quickly detect small indoor leaks once all water sources are turned off. Irrigation systems can also leak so you’ll want to be sure and check those as well, particularly now that spring has arrived. During this season water usage generally increases, making it an opportune time to check for leaks. The presence of mold or algae near irrigation fixtures can signal a leak. Similarly, look for continually damp spots in the yard as that can also be a tell-tale sign of an underground leak. Interestingly, even small 1/32 inch leaks can contribute to significant water waste- over six thousand gallons per month! In the event that a repair is needed, the good news is: you may qualify for a rebate as the city is offering customers up to $75 for repairs made throughout this month. Water saving tip: If there is a need to replace an appliance, low water use models are recommended as you’ll find an improvement of up to 20 percent less water- without a noticeable difference in...

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San Diego Safeguards Water with Smart Planting

Jan 04

San Diego Safeguards Water with Smart Planting

San Diego is one of the many cities across California that is well-suited for the use of landscaping as a means of conservation.  Many local residents are intent on taking part in a workshop the city is now offering. The program is designed to assist homeowners with smart planting tactics, specific to the ongoing climate advisories.  The workshop is free of charge and will provide homeowners with the basic ‘how-to’ for water saving landscape reassembling. Information will be provided on soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, implementation and more. These are all the elements needed for a water-efficient landscape. Not surprisingly, many plants that would be inherent to a Mediterranean climate are also adapted for San Diego’s climate. A Mediterranean landscape is characterized by dramatic variations in ecological conditions, often over short distances. Similarly, the San Diego terrain can be depicted in the same likeness. Because of the unique water conservation challenge San Diego faces, the city has also devised a manual to be used as a point of reference to comply with planting guidelines and proper irrigation. Climate appropriate plants with lower water needs, along with the use of an updated irrigation system, will equal a conscientious and cost-effective plan.   Perma-liner Industries is also part of a better solution for the environment and waterways. We’ve manufactured systems to work hand-in-hand with your landscaping efforts. Let us take care of the pipelines underneath your home that can sometimes get overburdened with tree roots and soil erosion, causing malfunctions. No need to worry! We can help before a problem arises. We are the trenchless brand that keeps your landscaping intact. Our products use curing methods that take a matter of hours, instead of the days, which means no displacement for you! Call us or go online to schedule an evaluation of your home’s pipelining system. www.perma-liner.com /...

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California Cities Setup Cultivated Use of Water

Dec 09

California Cities Setup Cultivated Use of Water

Many cities throughout California are conscientious of recycling and have been for the long term. But recycling water has now become a magnified topic as the drought persists. Recently researchers at UCLA have addressed the topic of recycled water being collected from sewer systems and then purified. At first glance, it may sound appealing. However it is a resourceful-even novel- idea as this form of water can be used to irrigate places like parks, lawns and golf courses. The subsequent health benefits of this process are not only being observed but commended. A study has analyzed the varying methods that California gets its water, from the removal of salts and minerals to conveying it from the Colorado River. An integrated approach has accounted for environmental impacts and the amount of energy each method consumes. An assessment of health, illnesses from air pollution, as well as the effects of climate change, were calculated to form a conclusion: recycled water can be used to an advantage. Those benefits become apparent when used in addition to Xeriscaping or using drought resistant plants. Many homeowners have initiated this favorable element in the effort to conserve water. Neighborhoods have become increasingly aware of the collective gain particular plants can have as a means of saving water and preventing urban runoff that pollutes waterways and beaches. Additionally, underserved neighborhoods often have few public parks and open spaces, making recycled water an environmental perk as it promotes a greener space. Interestingly, more than half of California’s residential water use goes to the irrigation of lawns and landscape. However, even with modern technology in full swing, the challenge may still be adapting to a notion that waste water can now be purified to a level that eliminates health hazards. A recent survey shows that 76 percent of Californians support recycled water as a long-term solution, notwithstanding the current drought conditions or an improvement in the future. Recycled water requires its own system and many municipalities are also taking advantage of the available incentives for using recycled...

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San Diego Protects Sewer Systems and Conserves the Environment with Trees

Sep 26

San Diego Protects Sewer Systems and Conserves the Environment with Trees

San Diego is known for its great gardens, parks and even hot-air ballooning in majestic skies. But there’s more. Communities all throughout the city are decidedly protecting the environment, at large, by using trees for the benefit of infrastructure systems and conservation. Recently, the nearby city of Carlsbad approved a project to use the resources an assortment of native plants, including western sycamore, western cottonwood, coast live oak, California blackberry, and more. The city will spend approximately $600,000 for these improvements for the environment. The project is part of the city’s Habitat Management Plan, which is designed to preserve and protect sensitive biological resources within the city. San Diego is also in the process of inspecting its sewer system citywide, using small cameras to check inside the lines for corrosion and damage. Recently, San Diego was included in a group of seven cities that were selected to be a part of an initiative to promote water and energy efficiency. The Pure Water Program is a phased, multiyear program that will ultimately make available 93,000 acre-feet of water per year, or approximately 30 percent of the City of San Diego’s water supply, by 2035. The first two phases of the Pure Water San Diego Program are expected to produce more than 33,600 acre-feet of water suitable for reuse. Through the Pure Water Program, the city expects to increase the amount of reclaimed water, thereby reducing the amount of wastewater that is released into the ocean. Many treatment facilities are also taking an active stance on behalf of the preservation of existing infrastructure, while also considering the impacts of climate change. Interesting fact: Carlsbad’s Lake Calavera Preserve is the largest of the city’s 13 managed nature preserves. The 400-acre lake is a man-made reservoir that stores 520 acre-feet of water. The Calavera Dam provides flood control for the area by keeping the Lake Calavera Reservoir...

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History of Drought and Flooding: San Francisco, San Diego

Jun 14

History of Drought and Flooding: San Francisco, San Diego

From San Francisco all the way down to San Diego and throughout the state, storms are getting weaker in terms of how much precipitation there is per day (in each storm). However, the storms are getting longer. Storms last an extra day or a few days longer. All over the state people are also having trouble with their groundwater. Every time the temperature goes up 1 degree, the potential evaporation increases by 4 percent. Scientists have analyzed the drought and estimated approximately 20 percent of the drought was caused, not by lack of rain, but by the temperature which caused the rain to evaporate. In parts of California, such as Santa Cruz, the El Niño was the largest ever observed which lead to 150–200 percent of normal precipitation. In January, the wettest month of the year, cities such as Sacramento got 1/100 of an inch of rain. Studies have predicted that a normal winter, which is four months long with rain in December, January, February and March will shrink to two months. A helpful tactic will be to install reservoirs and holding tanks in order to slow water as it goes down the hill and give it a chance to soak in. This will compensate for some of the climate change effects. Climate scientists also predict the region will get even hotter and drier. California has only about a year and a half’s supply saved behind dams and groundwater tables have dropped in a distinctive way. The number of Californians exposed to risk from a hundred-year flood could rise from the current 260,000 to 480,000 by 2100, attributed to a projected sea-level rise of 4.6 feet. Storms are expected to get more severe, with increased risk of flooding. Contact Perma Liner for all of your Cured In Place Pipelining...

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Carlsbad’s Strategy to Sustain Water Supply

Apr 15

Carlsbad’s Strategy to Sustain Water Supply

The City of Carlsbad is revising and extending their resources for the purpose of infrastructure improvements, and meeting the rising demands of the Water Utility. The persistent drought has caused the city to strive for inventive ways for the limited water supply go further to accommodate needs. Recycled water from the plant will replace potable water, now used to irrigate a nearby golf course and other areas. It can also be transmitted into a new storage reservoir, currently in construction. The use of recycled H2O is conducive to lowering costs and safeguarding the interests of the community. The Carlsbad recycling plant uses filtration, micro filtration and disinfection to clean wastewater and make it suitable for irrigation and industrial uses. Carlsbad is increasing its recycling plant’s peak capacity from the present 4,100 acre-feet per year to more than 7,200 acre-feet per year. An acre-foot is enough water to cover an acre one foot deep, or to meet the needs of two typical families of four for a year. The city is in the process of building a second reservoir for recycled water and expanding its delivery system by adding 18 miles of pipe to its existing 79-mile distribution system. The expansion is expected to meet approximately one-third of the city’s needs. Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend!  All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff showing you the latest CIPP technology. We want to see you...

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