Water Conservation

October 23, 2016

We received the City’s completion approval for Phase 1 of Nepenthe’s Irrigation Upgrade project. GP Landscapes’s invoices have been submitted for payment. The invoice will show labor and material broken down separately. The material cost, $25,000, will reimbursed by the City within the next few weeks.

I walked Phase 2 with Alek Crnogorac, Water Conservation Specialist from the City of Sacramento, George and Travis from GP Landscape. Phase 2 will include the remainder of Zone 4, all of zone 7, and about half of Zone 6. George will follow this upgrade plan until they reach $25K in material cost.

I have submitted the Phase 2 City rebate application to General Manager Bettsi Ledesma for Board President Ivan Gennis’s signature. I will hand deliver the application to the City to expedite approval.

We were fortunate enough to have the City approve another $25K for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Phase 1 went past the City’s completion deadline. It appears that the 120 extension had to be completed by the City’s FYE 6/30/16. The miscommunication was remedied with the City approving an additional funds for Phase 2, if completed by 6/30/217. George Procida, owner of GP Landscape will continue with his same crew that completed Phase 1.

One side note. During Phase 1, we found several homeowners’ private landscape water source tied into the common area water source. GP was in the process of identifying each instance and reporting back to the Management. Each homeowner will need to be notified and presented with a resolution.

We continue to be grateful for the project details that turned out as expected, and humbly thankful for those needing successful intervention.

Marty Henderson
Grounds Committee, Irrigation

California is in the midst of a historic drought. With the snow pack at 2% of normal for this time of year, there is no end in sight for now. Each of us must do our part to minimize overuse of our most precious resource. Fortunately, the city of Sacramento provides the following residential services to help:


The City is proud to offer residential rebates on toilets and washing machines. Rebates may be combined with rebates from manufacturers, SMUD or PG&E. Remember, many rebates will require a pre-qualification visit, so be sure to schedule a Water Wise House Call today!

Water Wise House Calls

Ever wonder how you might be able to save water in and around your home? Schedule a free visit with a Water Conservation Specialist who will help you look for the best ways to save water, give you free tips and tools, and pre-qualify you for available rebates. To schedule your free Water Wise House Call, please call 311 or (916) 264-5011.

Water Misuse Reporting

If you see water being misused, watering on the wrong day or time, or overwatering, please call the City of Sacramento at 311 or (916) 264-5011 to report it. You can even report it via the 311 app on your smartphone.

water conservation orange bucketBecome a Water Conservation Ambassador! Water Conservation Ambassadors receive special training to help their neighbors find leaks, report water misuse and share water conservation information with their community. To find the next training session, please see the City of Sacramento’s Conservation Calendar

Watering Trees During a Drought

The Sacramento Tree foundation has put together a guide to watering young and mature trees during a drought. To learn more, visit http://www.sactree.com/drought and find out what steps need to be taken to responsibly care for our urban forest.

Nepenthe residents have stepped up to volunteer to provide supplemental water to our Redwood Trees. If you have a Redwood near your home that you can provide water to, please contact the office to receive equipment and instructions.