In my opinion, it looks like we are on our way to needing a “drought disclosure” for buyers when purchasing a home in the Sacramento Region. We are quickly approaching (if not already) in a “water emergency”. According to the Sacramento Business Journal on May 7, 2015 we are now facing aggressive new consumption targets set by the state and some customers may receive fines for over water consumption. They also mention:
“Residents across Granite Bay, eastern Sacramento County and parts of Folsom must reduce water use by 36 percent, and can expect a 10 percent increase in the portion of their bill based on water used. The State Water Resources Control Board approved emergency drought regulations that dictate cuts for districts across the state. Those districts must now figure out how to convince residents and businesses to cut water use anywhere from 4 percent to 36 percent. Many Sacramento-area communities are on the higher end of that range. Water customers living in other parts of the region must cut water use by about a third, and could risk fines if they disregard the new rules.
So will we see neighbors with dead lawns? You bet! It has already started and how about the family homestead for instance in Auburn? Well, the folks I’ve talked to are planting a lot less this year or not planting at all! And how about our beautiful Folsom Lake and homes with a view of the lake? Sad to say Folsom Lake is at about 50% capacity (As of 6/17/15) and homes may not have the same view they did in years past. (Graph below taken from the Folsom Lake Water Conservation site on 6/17/15)