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California drought: This technology helps keep grass green while still conserving water

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Northridge, Los Angeles (CABC) – Water conservation is a focus throughout California, but is there a way to keep large fields of grass green when homeowners’ water restrictions leave grass dying?

Eileen Seibert, CEO of Rain Systems, believes this is possible and can make a huge difference for all of us.

“The cumulative savings with all these different large grass areas would make an astronomical difference in the amount of water used,” she said.

Rain Systems is a local company that provides customers like Cal State Northridge with a 50-70% reduction in water needs for areas treated with their patented technology. Grass areas that remain green during our harsh summer.

Austin Erickson, Director of Energy and Sustainability at CSUN, has seen the savings and effectiveness of Rain systems since 2015.

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“It’s a beautiful green. It looks really good, and if you’re going to walk around the campus and look at the sites we’ve installed this in, you’ll notice that it’s much greener than the other sites and that’s simply because the water is trapped in the roots.”

This is done through the use of hydrogels – polymers that have been around for nearly 50 years that can contain large amounts of water and are commonly used in the medical field and everyday household products.

“I became obsessed with using it in the lawn,” James Seibert of Rain Systems said.

Seibert’s “Mania” is similar to a lawn mower, but uses 3–4,000 pounds of water pressure to make a small hole of water in the ground, and at about the same instant, blows the polymer into the same hole.

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“Once they hit the ground and hydrated, they become hydrogels,” explains Eileen Seibert.

The polymer can hold up to 200 times its weight in water, is 100% biodegradable and can last for 3-5 years, allowing water to be absorbed slowly at grass roots, rather than being lost to evaporation or sinking too much below the surface. Surface appearance.

“Every cemetery in the world should use this. Every football stadium in the world should use this. Every park in the world should use this. Most homeowners should use this.”

CSUN is removing 900,000 square feet of grass to replace it with drought-resistant landscaping in an effort to be water wiser. But the college campus is similar to other large spaces that need some lawn, and Rain Systems offers a way to maintain it while keeping those spaces looking beautiful.

“This allows us to have some green grass, especially in extreme drought conditions like where we are now… Hydrogels along with a slew of other strategies have helped us cut our water consumption by 31% less than we are today. It was in year 2019″.

“Drought is a problem not just here in California, but all over the world. There are different places looking for solutions. We feel like we’re, in some ways, still in the beginning,” Elaine added.

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