I’m crazy about water. Not water parks or whitewater or water for the fun of it. Water. The big one. The thing other than air that we have to have. I’m not an activist or protester, I just get the mathematics. The fact is water is going to keep disappearing, become harder to drill for and more expensive in the future.
One of the great things about natural resources is that there are hundreds and thousands of people working on protecting, conserving and understanding natural resources-like water. For many Americans before they even realize there’s a problem, some inventor, some person full of passion and love for the land has already been working on a solution, sometimes for a number or years.
I like to encourage homeowners to conserve water. Get ahead of the curve. Do it quietly but with conviction. Following generations will admire these choices. Dual flush toilets save tons of water. High performance dishwashers and front loading wash machines are water savers too. Low flow faucets and showers heads save water. So does micro irrigation. I’ve installed a couple of these systems on patios and decks. They work great. A pair of scissors is about all that is needed to plug and play a system into a landscape. The largest hose diameter is one half inch and reduces to one quarter inch. Most of the sprinkler heads, drip heads and soaker attachments are smaller than a man’s thumb. The system is easily concealed and managed. The spikes holding sprinkler heads are small and manageable, the quarter inch hose can be pulled through flower pots for easy use and the whole thing can be set up on a battery operated timer for amazing low water use applied exactly to the gardens. Plus the stuff is so small it’s barely noticed, even when operating. In my vegetable garden I use micro sprinklers, hourly drip heads and ribbon style drip irrigation for long rows. Around the patio it’s all micro sprinklers. If you can assemble a fourth grade Lego kit micro irrigation will be a snap. Once installed it’s easily added on to. It should be blown out and drained before the first hard freeze, but outside of that it’s pretty easy to own.
Water is being used differently now in many homes. Families are plumbing their homes to capture and re-use grey water. Rain barrels are all over the place and cisterns are now made of high tech plastic systems buried in the yard and collect run off from the house roof and even from the lawn. These high impact, super strong systems have man holes for pumps and service, they hold tens of thousands of gallons of water. It’s encouraging. It’s almost a necessity in some regions. We are learning to landscape our cities and lawns to capture more water. “Rain Gardens” are making lawn care easier for homeowners and commercial property managers alike. Municipalities are learning that water is a lot more valuable when we allow it to soak in and sink down into the ground. Flash flooding is reduced, down stream flooding is alleviated and the water table is re-charged. Look around your area. You could be surprised at how much work is going into water preservation.
Cheers, enjoy and protect what is the second most important natural resource you may ever have.