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Old 06-17-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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Oh yeah, esperanza looks fabulous, as does turks cap and various sage plants. I water the few new things about 1x/every two weeks, but most of that stuff either never gets watered or gets it very infrequently.
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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Yes, the drought sucks! I wonder when they will start shutting down swimming pools to save our precious water. Does anyone know if they ever do that, especially when threatened with level 3 restrictions?
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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My peeve is sprinkler systems. So if you have a sprinkler you can set it to water in the middle of the night. But us poor folk without such, would have to get up at 3:00 AM to take full advantage of the water period.

WHEN RESTRICTIONS HIT, MAKE EVERYONE DRAG HOSES AROUND.

NO BEING IN BED AND RAPING THE AQUIFER WITHOUT INCONVENIENCE!

Rant off.

BTW, in my neighborhood, the late night sprinkler system cheaters have such green lawns. Hmm. If you do manage to come out late, you see them happily watering.
Properly used a sprinkler system can conserve water and save you money because you don't over water areas when you don't get back in time to shut the water off.

You can rig up your own automated sprinkler system using $25-$40 digital sprinkler timers such as these from Home Depot.



Melnor Electronic Water Timer - 3015V at The Home Depot



Melnor 2-Zone Timer - 3100 at The Home Depot
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:49 PM
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Yes, the drought sucks! I wonder when they will start shutting down swimming pools to save our precious water. Does anyone know if they ever do that, especially when threatened with level 3 restrictions?
At Stage 4, the City Council has discretion to take whatever steps it deems necessary for conservation. That could include closing pools, but since pools are a revenue source and politically popular, I doubt we will ever see them take that step.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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At Stage 4, the City Council has discretion to take whatever steps it deems necessary for conservation. That could include closing pools, but since pools are a revenue source and politically popular, I doubt we will ever see them take that step.
And they have to be covered when not in use to prevent evaporation. The pools are already full by this time of year, the pumps would still need to be run or they need to drain the pools. While possible, probably not a wise move if we then get rain a week later...So, while the public pools (which are free) do use water, the water savings from closing access isn't likely to be *that* great.

Maybe in extreme circumstances, but closing public pools when it's 100F+ out on a daily basis is probably not going to happen.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Xeriscaping.

I'm just sayin'.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: NW
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Oh yeah, esperanza looks fabulous, as does turks cap and various sage plants. I water the few new things about 1x/every two weeks, but most of that stuff either never gets watered or gets it very infrequently.
Esperanza looks better when it is over 100. The Mexican bird of paradise looking good.
I took out all the grass in my front yard back when SAWS was offering the rebate. Best decision I have made. I do water in the back yard by hand some. Use about 3000 gal/mo.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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is hand watering still allowed?

i know it is under stage 2
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:36 PM
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is hand watering still allowed?

i know it is under stage 2
Yes, at any time on any day, according to the article in the OP.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:38 PM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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Yes, but only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
ugh.

well, thats not too bad since i have a relatively small yard.
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