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Clovis seeing a lot of dry grass, city sprinklers remain capped

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If you’ve noticed more patches of dry grass as you drive through Clovis, you’re not alone.

Eric Aller with the City of Clovis says he’s been receiving calls—for months.

“They're upset with the landscaping because of the dry areas between the trees and the shrubbery is not maintained as well as it used to be,” Aller says.

The reason can be traced to the drought.

Clovis was ordered by the state to cut its water use by 36 percent.

“That's over a third of the water. It was big. It was big,” says Aller.

So, tough decisions had to be made.

The city capped 25,000 of its sprinklers.

Most of them, located between trees.

“We wanted to keep the trees alive and we wanted to maintain the parks in a nice way for the citizens,” he says.

Clovis even hired extra help to carry out the job, to avoid fines.

But now that the drought is over, the sprinklers are still capped.

More grass and even some shrubs have died.

Clovis landscapes more than 200 miles worth of land.

And, it has had to prioritize it’s spending.

“We are up against a resource and funding issue. We don't have the ability to go in and uncap them at this point,” Aller says.

So, the city has two options.

It can either explore the possibility of taking a measure before voters to increase the amount families pay for landscaping.

Or, it can seek volunteers.

“Hopefully we can turn this into an opportunity,” Aller said.

After all, the caps can be removed.

Grass can be re-seeded.

“Patience is needed, but we are working on it,” he says.

If your group is interested in volunteering, you can reach the city of Clovis at 559-624-2600.

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