Graywater discount! $50.00 off ‘Laundry to Landscape’ system installed by Terra Nova through the month of March, 2014.


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Save water and money with a ‘Laundry to Landscape’ graywater system

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Make your landscape more resilient even with water restrictions

Laundry to landscape is exactly what it sounds like, piping the laundry water out to the landscape, using the water twice, once to wash laundry and twice to water your landscape and garden plants. Even though the Governor of California has declared a drought emergency and water restrictions are in place you will still be able to water your landscape with a graywater system.

Act now and receive $50.00 off a graywater system that includes:

  • Three way valve, allows you to direct water to the landscape or to the sewer.
  • Shut off valves in the landscape can be opened or closed as desired.
  • Mulch Basins allows water to infiltrate safely into the soil.

We design your graywater system to ensure the appropriate amount of water is available to landscape and garden plants. Terra Nova is a certified graywater installer providing systems that meet code requirements.

To schedule a free onsite estimate:

Call 831-425-3514 or email 
(mention “Graywater Special”)
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Rules: $50.00 off offer available through the month of March, 2014.

Help save your landscape with graywater today!

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Terra Nova offers Permaculture Design services.

The owner of Terra Nova, Ken Foster is a certified Permaculture designer and teaches this design science at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Ken has been studying Permaculture after first hearing about it while an apprentice at the UCSC Farm and Garden back in 1985. He took his first Permaculture Design Course in 1996 and has since completed two advanced Permaculture courses. Ken has been teaching Permaculture since 2004. He has taught with the Regenerative Design Institute during their ‘Four Seasons Permaculture  Design Course’ and with Larry Santoyo of EarthFlow Design Works.

PERMACULTURE DEFINED: Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

One of “Permaculture is a design system that reconciles human communities with the ecological imperatives of a living planet.” Ben Haggard

Edible Landscaping is a good example of Permaculture.

Give us a call for a free estimate on a Permaculture Design for your site.



Graywater systems look better and better with water restrictions on the way.

This is what a ‘laundry to landscape’ graywater system looks like. Laundry to landscape is just what it sounds like, piping the laundry water out to the landscape. Using the water twice. Once to wash laundry and twice to water  landscape and garden plants. Now you can feed two birds with one scone.

Santa Cruz begins early planning for deeper water restrictions

By J.M. Brown

Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED:   01/03/2014 05:04:42 PM PST
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the San Lorenzo River is at its lowest level since 1991. (Dan Coyro/Sentinel) ( Dan Coyro )

SANTA CRUZ — Receiving just 10 percent of average rainfall since July, the Santa Cruz Water Department announced Friday it has begun planning for the possibility of water rationing for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

With the San Lorenzo River, the primary water supply, flowing at low levels unseen since 1991, Santa Cruz faces the potential of a third consecutive dry year. Average rainfall, recorded from July to June, is typically 12 inches by this point of rain year, but so far only 1.3 inches has been recorded.

“Weather conditions can change quickly in winter, but it will take a lot of rain to make up for not only this recent dry spell but the two previous years, as well,” said Toby Goddard, administrative services manager and head of the water conservation program.

In late January, the Water Department will issue an initial supply outlook for 2014, offering a forecast that takes into account expected weather patterns, stream flow conditions and reservoir levels.

Officials will revise the report in late February before finalizing the assessment in late March. The department may then ask the City Council to take steps to further cut water use.

The council agreed last year to extend restrictions on daytime irrigation and other measures put in place in May 2013 to reduce water use among customers by 5 percent. The city also now asks customers to shut off automatic irrigation systems.

Goddard said the Water Department is working to modify its billing system should rationing be required. He cautioned it is too early to say whether rationing is a real possibility, but said the cutbacks, if necessary, would take place by setting a water-use limit for households and businesses that, when exceeded, would trigger a price increase per unit of water.

The last time the city rationed water was toward the end of a six-year drought in 1990. It has a range of voluntary reduction levels it can put in place depending on the seriousness of the water shortage.

The dryness in Santa Cruz is representative of a statewide problem.

On Friday, the California Department of Water Resources released its first winter snow survey. Readings of the snowpack statewide, which when melted each spring provides critical stream flow, indicates water content is a fifth of the average typically seen this time of year.

The snowpack has no bearing on the water available to Santa Cruz because all of the city’s sources are driven by local rainfall. But the readings confirm 2013 is the driest year on record for many parts of the state.

“While we hope conditions improve, we are fully mobilized to streamline water transfers and take every action possible to ease the effects of dry weather on farms, homes and businesses as we face a possible third consecutive dry year,” said the state’s water resources director, Mark Cowin. “And every Californian can help by making water conservation a daily habit.”


The specter of rationing comes as the city is on the cusp of major developments in its long-term supply planning, including the expected release of findings from a yearlong master conservation planning process. The city’s Water Commission could discuss the plan in February.

At 7 p.m. Monday, the commission will discuss its role in the 14-member Water Supply Advisory Committee approved by the council in November to lead a public exploration of options for the city, which serves 90,000 customers from the North Coast to Live Oak.

The city created the panel after suspending its pursuit of a controversial seawater desalination project amid growing public opposition. Although the city will not pursue an election in 2014 on whether to proceed with the project, it has left desal on the table as a potential solution for the committee to consider.

Applications to serve on the committee are available at, and the deadline to apply is Jan. 13.

Meanwhile, neighboring Soquel Creek Water District also is considering rationing for its 35,000 customers from Capitola to La Selva Beach.

The city’s partner in the stalled desal project needs to reduce groundwater pumping by about 30 percent for 20 years to restore a basin threatened by saltwater intrusion. The governing board voted last year to implement rationing if a new supply isn’t found, but staff has encouraged a closer examination of the financial implications before committing to that path.

The board will discuss rationing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Capitola Council Chamber, 420 Capitola Ave. During the past few months, the board also has explored the potential for interagency water transfers, wastewater recycling and other measures for supplementing supply.

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WHAT: Discussion of commission’s role on new Santa Cruz Water Supply Advisory Committee
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Council Chamber, 809 Center St.