The 2015 version of California’s Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance is now official, and it stipulates tighter restrictions on water use for irrigated landscapes. Among the changes are increased applicability of the law for new developments, stronger restrictions on water use and increased irrigation efficiency requirements for most commercial and many residential projects. The changes were prompted by Governor Brown’s Executive Order directing the Department of Water Resources to update the ordinance.
PGAdesign’s Bob Towar presented a summary of the updated legislation to a group of attendees at AIA East Bay in August, at an event coordinated by the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition. At the presentation, Bob stressed that the updated legislation effectively eliminates water-wasting landscape treatments such as non-recreational turf areas. PGAdesign takes the new legislation in stride and remains a leader in the design of drought-tolerant landscapes. Principal Karen Krolewski points to the recently constructed Lakeside Senior Center as an example of drought-tolerant planting design at home in its urban setting. Lakeside Senior Center was recently awarded an Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter.