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Old 07-29-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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EXACTLY!

If the drought areas run out of water, then what??? What would you suggest we do?

I'll even take a step back and say, ok, you have a pool, BUT why do you have plants that require sprinklers? Haven't you ever heard of using eco friendly plants, such as types that do not require watering? sprinklers should be outlawed in drought areas.
Synthetic grass has many benefits over real grass in arid regions. As the technology progresses it becomes more and more indistinguishable from real grass, it requires no fertilizer or pesticides, it is drought resistant and any water that does fall onto it goes right through and rejoins the watershed.

Real lawns almost never have complete, uniform coverage, especially in arid areas, but artificial grass is the same height without mowing (which gives off emissions) and has complete coverage year round without maintenance.

Heck, with the cost of lawn upkeep in an arid region, artificial grass becomes cheaper than real grass.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Synthetic grass has many benefits over real grass in arid regions. As the technology progresses it becomes more and more indistinguishable from real grass, it requires no fertilizer or pesticides, it is drought resistant and any water that does fall onto it goes right through and rejoins the watershed.

Real lawns almost never have complete, uniform coverage, especially in arid areas, but artificial grass is the same height without mowing (which gives off emissions) and has complete coverage year round without maintenance.

Heck, with the cost of lawn upkeep in an arid region, artificial grass becomes cheaper than real grass.
Do you mean putting artificial turf across the property? Do people do this?
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:08 PM
 
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Do you mean putting artificial turf across the property? Do people do this?
Yes, that is what I mean, and yes they do. Some examples:

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Old 07-29-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I guess that makes sense.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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On a related matter, a friend was bragging on FB just the other day about the incredibly low humidity he was experiencing out West compared to the high humidity we have back East. I reminded him that that's why they have so many wildfires -- which the news media always seems to love making a big deal out of. But you know what? The west has ALWAYS suffered from the threat of severe wildfires. It's part of the ecology. And yet again, it wasn't until large numbers of humans began living in places that nature didn't intend, that wildfires became such a big problem.

I'm sorry if your house was burned down in a wildlife ... or fell down in earthquake ... or slid down a hill in a mudslide ... or got blown away by a hurricane or tornado ... or was swallowed up by a sinkhole ... but you knew that risk wherever you choose to live. I'm tired of people acting like victims of the earth's natural cycles, and that includes water shortages.

Oh, and I had to laugh at the post about artificial grass. You live in an arid desert and want a fake lawn? What happened to the "beauty"' of the dead, brown, dusty desert that you brag on so much? I guess it's not so beautiful after all if you are so in need of "greenery" that you'll resort to faking it? Ridiculous and hypocritical.

How about this if you live in the desert: DON'T HAVE A LAWN AT ALL!
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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Oh, and I had to laugh at the post about artificial grass. You live in an arid desert and want a fake lawn? What happened to the "beauty"' of the dead, brown, dusty desert that you brag on so much? I guess it's not so beautiful after all if you are so in need of "greenery" that you'll resort to faking it? Ridiculous and hypocritical.

How about this if you live in the desert: DON'T HAVE A LAWN AT ALL!
Uh, I was pointing out that if you *must* have a lawn, and live in the desert that synthetic ones make FAR more sense than real ones.. they don't take water.

I don't live in the desert and I am the one who brought up the idea... Most people who live in the desert have real grass lawns RIGHT NOW, which are far more damaging to the environment than fake lawns. I don't see what the big deal is if somebody wants a fake lawn in the desert... it is perfectly feasible and it is environmentally safe... it is kind of dumb to judge someone for modifying their property in a way that doesn't hurt anything.

I think the desert is a dumb place to live, especially if you have high water usage... but your point isn't much smarter...
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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No one in the SW is asking for anyone else's water. I've never heard the idea floated in any mainstream media in Arizona. If you're worried about water leaving your state, don't. You're also wasting time telling people to just move. Millions of people aren't moving. Water isn't going to completely disappear in the SW, there's not suddenly going to be no water. If you don't want to live in a desert you don't have too. Don't worry about my water usage and I won't worry about the millions of old drafty buildings from Maine to Seattle that require massive amounts of energy to crank the heat from Halloween to March where you live.
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:18 PM
 
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No one in the SW is asking for anyone else's water. I've never heard the idea floated in any mainstream media in Arizona. If you're worried about water leaving your state, don't. You're also wasting time telling people to just move. Millions of people aren't moving. Water isn't going to completely disappear in the SW, there's not suddenly going to be no water. If you don't want to live in a desert you don't have too. Don't worry about my water usage and I won't worry about the millions of old drafty buildings from Maine to Seattle that require massive amounts of energy to crank the heat from Halloween to March where you live.
No, you are not asking, you are just TAKING. Look at the Colorado River Delta... areas downstream from the deserts are getting SCREWED by the water consumption in the area.

Look at you trying to justify your wasteful behavior by pointing your finger at other people... disgusting.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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No one in the SW is asking for anyone else's water. I've never heard the idea floated in any mainstream media in Arizona. If you're worried about water leaving your state, don't. You're also wasting time telling people to just move. Millions of people aren't moving. Water isn't going to completely disappear in the SW, there's not suddenly going to be no water. If you don't want to live in a desert you don't have too. Don't worry about my water usage and I won't worry about the millions of old drafty buildings from Maine to Seattle that require massive amounts of energy to crank the heat from Halloween to March where you live.

Lame.

Look at you pointing the finger at energy usage to heat our homes (not drafty at all btw), vs you desert folk consuming vast qty's of energy to cool your houses.

You may not want our water, but the time will come as your area gobbles up more and more desert land. Your politicians and business folks only care about more people coming and more dollars. Then, you will be looking for water. We would fight tooth and nail to make sure you get none of it. The dis-United States of America should be our new name. 50 squabbling republics that despise each other.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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How about we just bulldoze Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. That should solve our drought problems.
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