Water Conservation Comment

Submitted by Joe Bower – Sierra Canyon (Del Webb Reno) Owner

Glad to read the latest email from Somersett titled “Somerset Water Conservation” and sub-titled “Ways the Association is Planning for and Conserving Water in Our Community.”

All efforts of Somersett’s should be praised. I especially like the “water meter spreadsheet” something I have long advocated.  I assume it will be in gallons and not dollars as one association was doing in past years.  Haven’t heard what efforts are being undertaken by the three sub-associations: The Vue, The Villages, and Sierra Canyon.

It is sad to learn of “water usage reductions well in excess of 20%.” That percentage could easily have been achieved before the crises hit as excess watering and long-time to correct irrigation leaks were common knowledge.

TMWA seems the be the “guy” everyone is looking up to, but the best method for any association is to slowly, but surely, convert its grassy common areas to xeriscape using drip irrigation instead of overhead spray. Time to include this in the 2016 budgets now being prepared.

Somersett also needs to change its landscaping rule to allow for decorative rock or decorative rock with some bushes in private owner mow-strips in addition to the now only allowed choices of turf or juniper.

All association boards have the fiduciary duty to enforce the rules of the association. The Somersett rule effective June 1, 2015 for privately owned mow-strips clearly states that: if the front yard is xeriscaped, approved junipers may be planted in the mow strip area. (emphasis added)

This means that if the front yard is NOT xeriscaped, approved junipers may NOT be planted in the mow strip area.

Developers/Builders, as well as owners, are mass violators by planting juniper where front yards are grass. Fines can go towards common area grass to xeriscape conversion costs.  It doesn’t matter if there is a drought or not. We moved into and live in an association and a rule is a rule and this one needs to be followed; or changed using common sense and adding member desired options. Decorative rock = no water. Of course mow-strip trees need to remain, but they are already on drip.