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No burn ban, no water rationing? What are we waiting for?

Posted Sunday, July 1, 2012, at 8:46 AM

I realize that a few of you have been blessed with local rain that we have not see up here on the hill, but this heat and dry spell should have triggered both a burn ban and water rationing by now. Our lawn, comprised mostly of native plants (weeds to most)is crunchy under foot.

Are our lake and river levels so good that there is no shortage concerns? Does someone know of weather patterns about to change?


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LOL, Bell Buckle doesn't want to issue a ban on water use because they are raising the water bills up another $6 from what I heard.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 8:21 PM

We just have to keep dancing! We got two downpours but you are right neighborhood mom KEEP IT COMING!

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 9:39 PM

It's been raining here off and on all day. Not enough to get us out of the drought. But the cooler wind and rain was much appreciated today.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 7:57 PM

Well, prayers were answered because we had a great downpour yesterday afternoon before the fireworks in BB! Now we just need more consistent rain!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 12:15 PM

My kids have suggested that everyone should wash their cars at the same time. Because we always know that as soon as you wash your car.... it rains.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 12:54 PM

Now it is time for our BEST rain dance.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 9:03 AM

I saw an email from the town of BB about conserving water because we're having to buy now from BCUD because Wartrace can't keep up with demand and also received phone call about the increased fire danger. As low as Normandy is now, I'm really surprised they haven't been talking about conservation WAY before now!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 11:51 AM

I have to back up and correct something. We did receive the call. It went to recorder and my wife tuned it out as soon as she heard a recorded voice. Maybe that is another reason to stop these annoying political announcements, etc.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 6:44 AM

We got the same call as well. We have been saving the water, such as not watering the garden and trees but maybe twice a week.

Just crossing my fingers that our inconsiderate neighbors don't start burning stuff, like they tend to do every week.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 2:09 PM

I live in Utah,and we are on fire in a number of locations.I don't know why even this dry state still insists on fireworks for the 4th celebrations.On the plus side for you guys back east,at least for the dryness factor,is the humidity prevalent on that side of the states.I lived in Shelbyville as a child,and still remember the feeling of being wrapped in a blanket of hot water even when the temps were in the 80's.

Try to stay cool,I will pray for you.

-- Posted by mdstover on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 12:07 PM

I received that call also bellbuckletn.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 11:54 AM

I got a phone call on Jun 29 at 4:15 it was a recording warning of out door burning and setting off fireworks in safe places. Did anyone else receive this recored phone message.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 10:06 AM

By the way, I meant to include this water usage calculator in the previous post, but...... http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc...

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 9:33 AM

We always do our own rationing when it turns dry. Only watering plants to keep them alive, and we took precautions early to put water retaining wood chips deep into our vegetable beds. The veggies now get spot watering only and about 5 gallons a week.

Some have not done well with that, like cantelope and cucumbers. The figs have stopped producing, but all we are trying to do is keep them alive for another season.

Last week I was coming out of a business and they were watering a three foot strip of grass with a lawn sprinkler that was missing 75% of its target. All that other water was watering the asphalt!

We now shower when necessary :-) instead of a daily routine, combine wash loads (as a bachelor, I always did that, LOL) wash dishes by hand although we have a dishwasher. etc. Actually, we have not used the dishwasher in 18 years. Guess it still works.

What are things you do to conserve?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 9:12 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.