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Old 01-10-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Ha, I do the same and my wife yells at me!
I keep a bucket in my shower so I can capture the cold water when I start the shower. Also it can capture some of the spray while I'm showering. Then I can use it for plant watering, flushing toilets.
Neat idea....
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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That's why I conserve VOLUNTARILY... Because I actually have a brain in my head.
So you think that if you alone conserve water, that'll make everything fine? Because I assure you, there are a whole lot of people that couldn't care less. A pretty lawn is more important than having drinking water. I've seen streets that were flooded with water from sprinklers at people's houses and at businesses. People's priorities baffle me. But it's nice to know that none of that matters since you conserve voluntarily. There's no need to make sure that the other six million people do.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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So you think that if you alone conserve water, that'll make everything fine? Because I assure you, there are a whole lot of people that couldn't care less. A pretty lawn is more important than having drinking water. I've seen streets that were flooded with water from sprinklers at people's houses and at businesses. People's priorities baffle me. But it's nice to know that none of that matters since you conserve voluntarily. There's no need to make sure that the other six million people do.
I'm only responsible for making sure I'M being responsible, not for telling other people how to live their lives. Just sayin'...
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Just double the water rates for people that don't cut back something like 10-15% from the same quarter last year (with some sort of baseline level established for number of occupants, so people who already are conserving aren't punished). KISS principle for forcing smarter usage...

Having a brown lawn on a smaller lot doesn't seem so bad right now, and makes me glad I didn't splurge for a larger yard than I would have used...
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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I don't have sprinklers or other irrigation and my grass is green because we seem to have the wettest drought possible in Dallas given that it rains every week.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Just double the water rates for people that don't cut back something like 10-15% from the same quarter last year (with some sort of baseline level established for number of occupants, so people who already are conserving aren't punished). KISS principle for forcing smarter usage...

Having a brown lawn on a smaller lot doesn't seem so bad right now, and makes me glad I didn't splurge for a larger yard than I would have used...
Smart - that's using market forces instead of issuing edicts from On High.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I'm only responsible for making sure I'M being responsible, not for telling other people how to live their lives. Just sayin'...
Well then don't expect to have water for much longer.

Actually, it doesn't look like you live around here anyway, but just hypothetically speaking as if you did.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Well then don't expect to have water for much longer.

Actually, it doesn't look like you live around here anyway, but just hypothetically speaking as if you did.
Very true.... So far - we're looking at a possible move in 2012.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:17 AM
 
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We've got 4 rain barrels and I used the water from them to water all my potted plants over the summer. Did it the old fashioned way, by bucket. But, the Extension Office has a class on drip watering and such and how to hook it all up to rain barrels. We bought an old whiskey barrel off the 'net and it was already fitted out to be a rain barrel. The man who did our gutters then connected it to one of the down spouts. Then I took the rain barrel class and got a rain barrel there. We had 2 old plastic barrels our dogs had used as beds in their kennels. We cleaned them out, drilled holes for spouts and overflow, put screening over the tops and have them at lower levels than the first barrel. Rain falls into the first one from the down spout, then the overflow goes into the next one and that overflow goes into the last.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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We've got 4 rain barrels and I used the water from them to water all my potted plants over the summer. Did it the old fashioned way, by bucket. But, the Extension Office has a class on drip watering and such and how to hook it all up to rain barrels. We bought an old whiskey barrel off the 'net and it was already fitted out to be a rain barrel. The man who did our gutters then connected it to one of the down spouts. Then I took the rain barrel class and got a rain barrel there. We had 2 old plastic barrels our dogs had used as beds in their kennels. We cleaned them out, drilled holes for spouts and overflow, put screening over the tops and have them at lower levels than the first barrel. Rain falls into the first one from the down spout, then the overflow goes into the next one and that overflow goes into the last.
you may need to patent that

it looks like we're heading into a whole world of hurt and you may have hit on something

"Rain Barrel Class" sounds like a cool country music band name (sorry to Dave Barry)
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