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Old 03-12-2018, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Avoid thinking you can plant whatever you like. I had the eye-opening experience of watering a neighbor’s plants when she was away, in our old Front Range foothills home. The area was a dangerously dry fire hazard in many years. Anyway, she had a well. They later had to hire someone to drill deeper, something like 1200’!!!!

It took me TWO hours to water her plants, and some of them she confessed were real water hogs, needing daily heavy watering. Definitely not plants that would have survived without coddling. They also kept two horses. I never knew what incredible volumes of water horses drink until I took care of them for her and anothr neighbor (NEIGH-bor ).

Find out what plants survive in a fairly dry climate with seasonal temperature extremes. Or get a condo and let others take care of landscape or yard work.

Also, forget about washing your car every week. Yes, I knew someone whose BF did this. It isn’t necessary anywhere, except maybe during periods of plentiful snowfall and the concomitant MgCl2 or other salting. It isn’t yet outlawed, but do the right thing and minimize this practice.

Don’t have a swimming pool. Ever seen desert cities from the air, the ones where aquablue rectangles and bright green golf courses are everywhere? Well, those cities are sucking CO headwaters down for nothing more than a luxury. Metro towns have public swimming pools and some reservoirs allow swimming, if you want to take a dip.
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Oh for crying out loud, washing your car regularly is not irresponsible and it won't ruin the state's water reserves. Please keep some perspective. This is an example of ridiculous thinking.
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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When Las Vegas needed to reduce water consumption, they paid homeowners to replace lawns with Xeriscaped landscapes.

Amid drought, the West is no place for a lawn, as Nevada has learned

"The Southern Nevada Water Authority pays $1.50 per square foot of lawn replaced with desert landscaping, up to 5,000 square feet. After that, it's $1 per square foot. Arizona and Utah also have lawn rebate programs."

For example, if your lawn had 7000 sq ft, the reimbursement would be $9,500.

If Colorado would do that, we'd have a huge drop in water consumption. Furthermore, it would move the mark. Suddenly, Xeriscaping would become the norm. It would prevent all those HOAs from enforcing their idiotic bluegrass landscape requirements.

Growing bluegrass lawns in arid Colorado makes no sense.
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:01 AM
 
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If Colorado would do that, we'd have a huge drop in water consumption. Furthermore, it would move the mark. Suddenly, Xeriscaping would become the norm. It would prevent all those HOAs from enforcing their idiotic bluegrass landscape requirements.

Growing bluegrass lawns in arid Colorado makes no sense.

My town, in the historic residential district, allows only ten percent xeriscaping, because of dust on windy days. You can plant anything as long as it's ground covering. I'm having drought-tolerant grass in the back for the dogs, and wildflower meadow/covering in the front.
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:16 AM
 
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Oh for crying out loud, washing your car regularly is not irresponsible and it won't ruin the state's water reserves. Please keep some perspective. This is an example of ridiculous thinking.
Depends how frequent “regularly” is. Read what I wrote, not what you substitute later.
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:35 AM
 
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Colorado has water , I doubt they will run out . Be warned though its really dry and brown if you haven't been . It looks like you are in Florida. You are in for a rude awakening , I moved from lush Tennessee to Colorado , I am now back 4 years later. Colorado is beautiful , it borders the desert. It looks like Michigan is the place to be according to this map the whole west will run out of water eventually .

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Old 03-12-2018, 09:06 AM
 
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Oh for crying out loud, washing your car regularly is not irresponsible and it won't ruin the state's water reserves. Please keep some perspective. This is an example of ridiculous thinking.
I live on 2 acres in The San Luis Valley and have a well. If I did not have an augmentation plan for this well ($175/year), then using any water outdoors would be illegal, including washing the car or watering the dog.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Depends how frequent “regularly” is. Read what I wrote, not what you substitute later.
An automated car wash that recycles, only uses 10-15 gallons per car. That’s less than a typical person uses taking a shower.
You can find a lot more waste elsewhere.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:13 AM
 
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People wash their cars? I had my Toyota for 15 years in the salty East, no garage, and never washed it. No one ever bothered it, either!
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