The Cosumnes Community Services District Park & Golf Operations Division is the steward of over 937 acres of irrigated parks, corridors, and trails. With a WaterLess campaign, our goal is to provide efficient landscape maintenance while protecting water resources. Staff use a Computer Irrigation Control System to reduce water usage.
The Park & Golf Operations Division utilizes the Rapid Water Response Team consisting of staff who live within the District boundaries and are committed to eliminating water waste.
Team members are available 24/7 to respond to broken water lines, or stuck on sprinklers, in an effort to maximize water savings and efficiency. You can spot our team wearing a bright-colored safety vest in your local park or streetscape.
Over the years, the Park & Golf Operations Division have replaced ornamental turf grass in numerous locations to save both water and money. Locations were often in landscape corridors too small for any leisure activities. The landscape conversion process involved removing turf, changing existing irrigation to low-flow irrigation, and installing low water-use plants with mulch. The result has been new landscaping which uses 40 to 50% less water compared to turf.
Since 2003, Sacramento County Water Agency (SCWA) has provided recycled water in the Laguna West, Lakeside, and Stonelake communities. Cosumnes Community Services District uses this water for irrigation purposes, thereby conserving and extending the life of our precious drinking water resources. SCWA charges 30% less for using recycled water. The costs savings help us keep Landscape and Lighting Assessment Fees low.
Recycled water is normally exempt from drought related water restrictions imposed on potable water sources. This means the District landscaping in the recycled water areas may look greener than other areas of Elk Grove.
Recycled water, also known as reclaimed or non-potable (non-drinking) water, begins as treated wastewater processed at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. It then undergoes further treatment, including chemical treatment and filtration. After disinfection, this water can be recycled back to the community for use in all non-potable water systems. The recycled water used by the District is clean, clear and safe, even when it comes into contact with people and animals. It is not, however, for human or animal consumption.
Signage is posted in landscaping which informs users that recycled water is not for drinking.