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(Mother Nature Network)   When the government tells Texans there are water restrictions in place and they can't water the grass in their lawns, Texans just dig their own private wells   (mnn.com) divider line 5
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2013-11-13 08:55:28 AM  
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Oh my FSM (bless his noodly appendages) ,  what could be more stupidly wasteful than watering a lawn ? ok, I've seen idiots watering their driveway, but still, why waste water on a lawn ?

IMO, if the local climate doesn't naturally support grass then you shouldn't try to grow grass for strictly decorative purposes. It is both wasteful and pointless.  Sort of like trying to keep snowmen in Arizona in August.

/I have a lawn
//It is nature's job to water it
2013-11-13 12:53:20 PM  
1 votes:
Typical Texan mentality.

We're being asked to do something for the benefit of the community at large? Better figure out a way to grab what i can for myself.
2013-11-13 12:13:16 PM  
1 votes:
This is why, as I've aged, I've become less happy with the average person.

Mass stupidity and selfishness.

Due to a massive population increase in Florida, where I live, the water table has dropped dramatically, causing shortages and sink holes. Yet they keep on packing in more and more residents and each time we have a drought, more and more folks ignore the water restrictions.

Most of our water comes from deep wells -- since in various areas, shallow ones are no longer possible. So anyone who draws from a well is affecting the water supply for everyone else in the vicinity.

As a kid, with my home being one of two on the wooded block, I could dig down 4 feet and hit ground water. Now, 40 years later, my home is one of 20+ in the same area and I'd have to dig more than 15 feet to get to real wet soil. Twenty-five years ago, my folks had to sink their well deeper as around 30 homes got built on the surrounding, previously undeveloped lots and all had ground wells. The city extended water lines out into my area and you are required to hook up -- if you don't, you can't later sell your house. Many folks hooked up and kept their ground wells for watering their lawns and filling their pools.

Now, during droughts, we have officials who drive around, spotting bright green lawns when others are brown and slapping fines on those fine, grass obsessed folks.

My lawn gets watered by nature. I never was real big on heavily watering the thing, because then I had to cut it, a task I abhor. I hate the smell of fresh cut grass in the morning -- or any other time for that matter.

My 'new' neighbors with their carefully maintained lawns have a bit of a problem with that, but, hey, I was here first and I didn't ask you to build over the beautiful wild woods, which naturally trapped water, right next to my property.

Those exclusive, high end housing developments that popped up along my road -- at least 4 of them -- seem to mandate lush, green lawns. Not to mention that in ground swimming pools have popped up all over the place.

Folks around here seem to feel it's their right to have their automatic sprinklers come on for 15 minutes to an hour just before dawn and you can't tell them differently.

Of course, everyone ignores the fact that massive development has affected the rain patterns of the state and the amount of ground water available.
2013-11-13 09:11:08 AM  
1 votes:
As fun as I'm sure it is to feed the trollblog, groundwater extraction is in fact still regulated, private wells are metered and given specific draw limits by the local water authority, and failing to comply with drought restrictions (in this case, a stage II alarm drought, so limits are reduced by 20%) is in fact still illegal and will get you fined.

Since we're at alarm stage and assuming you're maintaining your pre-drought usage using a private-scale well (<12 mil gallons/year) but not over-pumping beyond violating the drought requirement, under the Edwards/Barton Springs water authority you would be fined 50 to 100$/day for violating your drought limit reduction.

//There are such a thing as exempt wells, they require that you have more than ten acres of registered agricultural land... not really something you're going to see a lot in the 'burbs.
2013-11-13 06:00:28 AM  
1 votes:
"It's also worth noting that as of Sept. 1, homeowners associations across Texas - and there are a lot in certain parts of Austin and its burbs - can no longer prohibit homeowners from tearing up their lawns and embarking on "reasonable" xeriscaping projects."

:)
 
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