Water conservation. It’s an important initiative for all Californians and a significant concern for Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries as the operator of two cemetery properties. Because we are committed to providing our client families with an attractive and welcoming landscape to remember their loved ones, we are faced with the unique challenge of conserving water while maintaining the beauty of our parks.
Therefore, I’d like to share with you some of the practices we currently have in place or plan to implement to comply with the Governor’s mandatory 25% water use reduction for California.
The good news is that since 1987 we have used reclaimed/recycled water for all of our landscaping needs in our Hollywood Hills park. We acquire our reclaimed water through the DWP Los Angeles Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, a facility that recycles 20 million gallons of water per day and provides the treated water to nearby golf courses, businesses and cemeteries.
To further our conservation efforts in Los Angeles, over the past three months our engineers re-channeled the pipes for our decorative water features and fountains to employ the same recycled water instead of using fresh water.
Because recycled water is not currently available in Simi Valley, we have implemented new strategies to cut our overall water use by irrigating our interment areas with reduced water volume, replacing our landscaping with drought resistant vegetation. turning off all decorative water fountains and features, testing drought resistant grasses, executing drip irrigation, and we have also discontinued watering the non-developed areas of the park. I am pleased to report that our Simi Park is plumbed for re-cycled water and we are prepared to use it when the Simi Valley Water District is able to supply it to us.
We believe that all of our water conservation efforts will positively affect our water usage and comply with the Governor’s order without compromising the welcoming environment of our parks; and we look forward to hearing your feedback about the steps we are putting in place at our two properties.