Turf War At The Bay Area Largest Water Agency



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Tor Mclean, the resident of Lafayette, California, solved the California historic drought issue at his own backyard. He tore away his water-thirsty lawn and turned it into a beautiful, eternally green retreat that requires zero maintenance and lowers approximatly 70% of his monthly water bill. Plus, he is getting a rebate from East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to decrease the cost of transition.

"I want it look pretty. I want it look good, " -said Tor Mclean. "Don't have to spend a lot of money on it, and conserve water. No matter if the drought is over or not," - he said, "this project is going to stay."

Abby Figueroa, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, told ABC7 News that the agency planned the cap up to $2,500 in cash rewards to homeowners who are switching to the drought-tolerant natural plants. They might extend rebates to those who go with artificial grass with a cap of $1,200. But California Redbud, Cleveland Sage and Cofee Berry, though look decent on the front lawns, can't replace traditional California backyards, the place for kids to play and for adults to enjoy the 4th of July barbeque. But not everyone is happy.

As a continuous effort to minimise the plastic waste, the Alameda County public recycling agency, sent a letter in protest to Est Bay Mud. "This stuff has no place to go after its useful life other than a landfill, and people may install it and send it to landfill a few years after the drought is over," Stop Waste spokesperson Gary Wolff said.

But the question is: will the drought be over in a few yeas? Artificial grass life expectancy under regular traffic is at least twenty years. Most Californians realize that no matter what agencies say, July 1 water price increase is just a beginning.

EBMUD raised water rates three years in a row. Someone has to pay for aging infrastructure, and this someone is California residents. Last year, Abby Figueroa mentioned that increasing water prices are "politically challenging." Now, when the California drought got to the catastrophic stage, it is time to invest in a new technology, and it will affect the cost of every household in the state.

"The drought has been the main drive in the industry. People look for the alternatives to their real sod," - said Andrew Gao, Global Syn-Turf's CEO, in his interview with Cornell Barnard, ABC7 News.

As Cornell Barnard mentioned on air, the artificial grass business is booming. "Grass is always greener at Global Syn-Turf. The demand is so high for the fake grass they make it's been hot for their business for the last two years."

Most synthetic turf manufacturers in the United States have a challenging time to keep with growing demand. Some of them have at least three months in back orders. At Global Syn-Turf, we are happy to give an immediate solution to our customers. Global Syn-Turf is the largest manufacturer of artificial grass in the United States with the largest inventory of highest quality synthetic grass in the country. Every order is fulfilled in the timely manner. While most companies have no manufacturing capacity to produce enough turf for sky-rocketing demand, we can supply turf TODAY. Plus, if you walk through our website, you will see the biggest collection of grass and the widest range of technologies we have innovated throughout years.

Global Syn-Turf collection of artificial grass is impressive and contains more than 65 different types of turf - from landscape applications and sports fields to professional putting greens and unique grass with exceptional drainage intended for pet areas.

With warehouses in Northern and Southern California and all around the country, there is no need to wait three months or more to lower your water bills. Call us today and start saving water immediately.

Cornell Barnard, ABC7 News, believes that "during the drought there is nothing fake about saving water."

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