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Seen a slow-moving truck spraying water on city landscaping?

Seen a slow-moving truck spraying water on city landscaping?

State drought rules say that cities can no longer use potable drinking water sprinklers to irrigate landscaping along streets. That means many city medians and service road parkways are going brown, and trees in those areas are getting stressed and are at risk of disease and death.

Lakewood has come up with a solution to help our trees and landscaping make it through the drought. The city is now operating two water tankers pulled behind city pickup trucks to spray recycled water on the trees and landscaping.

Recycled water is wastewater from homes and businesses that has been treated to a level safe to use for irrigation. State rules allow irrigating with recycled water, and expanding the use of recycled water for irrigation is a key component of a long-term solution to California’s water troubles.

A safety note for motorists: The recycled water truck needs to drive very slowly to adequately spray irrigate each area. So when you see the water truck up ahead with its lights flashing; please slow down and drive carefully.

The water tankers are a good short-term fix, but not a feasible long-term solution for irrigating street landscaping. Lakewood is in the process of re-envisioning its street medians and parkways to use water-wise landscaping and to have curb-cuts allowing rain and runoff from the street to flow in and help irrigate the landscaping and reduce stormwater runoff pollution.

The new designs hold the promise over time of making Lakewood’s community landscape less vulnerable to drought and more environmentally sustainable, while still providing an attractive look to Lakewood’s streets.