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It is time to restrict water use.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at 8:09 PM

The water shortage seems to have no end in sight. I hope the trend changes tomorrow, but our officials should start more stringent cutbacks NOW.

Since the voluntary request, I wonder how much water usage had declined. Does anyone know? My bet would be that we are still watering our yards, washing our cars, etc in the same fashion as before.

Do not wait until we are critical. It appears that it will happen much sooner than we thought.

And pray hard for rain!

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The one that prayed & prepared his fields received rain...right Darrick?


-- Posted by HorseGentler on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 1:16 PM

I was once told that two different men prayed for rain due to severe drouhgts... These men were close neighbors.

There was one distinct difference between the two though, they both prayed, but the second man prepared his fields to receive the rain, the first only prayed. Guess which one man received the ran?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 9:21 AM

Earlier in the spring I had a feeling it was going to be a rough summer. My husband gave me the funniest look when I asked him to install a couple of rain barrels for my flowerbed. After a couple of weeks of pestering him about it, he caved in and built one under a gutter in the back of the house. Within a week of finishing and getting it set up, we had a short 10 minute downpour. That short downpour overflowed the one barrel. That's 55 gallons of water not running into the sewage lines as runoff, and can be used for watering my flowers. Well, I had him hook up a second barrel to the first one. Just as they were both going dry, we get that short rain earlier this week. It didn't take long to fill one barrel up and overflow to fill the second one halfway. Not bad at all.

Yeah, alot of my neighbors rolled their eyes when they saw us making the barrels. But, in the middle of summer, those same neighbors were gushing over my butterfly bush and petunias... at how bright the colors were in the extreme drought and triple digit temperatures.

So, if you can, help conserve water by harvesting rain when we do get it. Rainwater in town only fills up the sewage lines. Here's an interesting tidbit: Did you know that an inch of rain on an approximate 1200 square foot roof can yeild 600 gallons of water for gardening? Something to think about.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 6:14 AM

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