America – Great Water Wars

water war John Entsminger, senior deputy general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority said “that in 2000, Lake Mead was completely full, but the [13-year-long] drought we’ve seen in the 21st century has resulted in Lake Mead going down over 120 feet.”
Federal regulators announce the historic reduction of the amount of water released from Utah’s Lake Powell reservoir to Mead. This reduction will lower the reservoir’s (lake Mead) level another 20 feet by July 2014.

Enstminger said “the arid situation actually may not be unusual for the West. We know from the paleo-tree ring record that the 20th century was one of the wettest centuries of the last 1,200 years.”

California’s San Joaquin valley and Sacramento valley and former desert lands near Yuma Arizona, is Americas vegetable basket producing an estimated 80 percent of all vegetables consumed by Americans. The real truth is without water being diverted from mountain snow melt and water diverted from the Colorado river, these vegetable growing regions would be desert valleys with no vegetable crops being grown.

Agriculture, livestock and poultry producers, fruit and nut growers are in direct Competition with golf courses, city dwellers excessive water use and landscaping that serves no useful purpose.

Until city dwellers are forced when the tap runs dry or by food shortages at supermarkets. Water conservation will never be truly realized and conservation measures put into place in the form of water rationing.

California and Arizona is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost all of the southern 1/2 of the U.S. and all of the southwestern states have suffered from drought condition in the past 5 or more years with little chance of conditions getting wetter for a very long time if ever.

Drip Irrigation – Water Your Garden On The Cheap
Installing Drip Irrigation system(s) now is a good way to fight back the high cost of watering your Berry, Fruit, Nut trees and vegetable gardens.

1 drop at a time

drip irrigation

Drip irrigation was developed in Israel more than 35 years ago. Bringing the desert to life requires careful selection of plant varieties and conservative water usage. Using this method you can save a lot of water and money on watering your garden. Drip systems also will minimize fungus, weed and other plant disease problems.

Water is applied at the plants base root zone at a slow rate maximizing water conservation by limiting water loss in run off and evaporation. Only the root zone is watered so you can deep water and go longer before your plants need another soaking saving time and water. As an added benefit there are attachments that will allow you to deliver water based fertilizers directly to your crops root zone.

The Colorado State University Extension has a website that contains a great deal of information on drip irrigation systems CSU Drip Irrigation
University of Nebraska Drip Irrigation Fact Sheet

I AM NOT ENDORSING these companies, they are provide for your evaluation and is a good starting place to look for drip irrigation products.
I have also seen drip systems offered at places like Lowes and Home Depot.
The Drip Store
Drip Depot

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17 responses to “America – Great Water Wars

  1. In New England, one of the growing issues it the amount of surface run-off that occurs. Parking lots, roads, houses, all impermeable surfaces and the water scoots right off down river. However, it turns out the modern lawn (short cut, firm, flat surface) is, while not quite as bad, significantly worse than tall grass. And much worse than undisturbed forest, which has very little runoff in the summer.
    I’ve been playing with converting areas of our lawn (as a 19th century country estate, we are guilty of the massive lawns) into grass that is mowed only once a year, and mowing the rest higher. It isn’t a serious test, but on basic observation, the unmowed sections have retained significantly more soil moisture. A very simple change. Additionally, water that used to sheet off the lawns (and therefore went down the fields, which are equally hard hay-fields, and down the stream) is now soaking in to the lawn because the taller grass stopped it.

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    • Re acairfearann – SW Oklahoma is a semi-desert area, rain water is always welcome. This place has been under plow as a wheat farm for the past 100 years and is mostly a clay based soil. I made a 1 shank deep ripper that I run every spring, to bust up the clay soil and the hard-pan caused by shallow plowing for from the past. I rip 24 to 30 inches deep with a 36 or so inch spacing. 1 year ripping north to south and the next ripping east to west. It has allowed almost 100 percent of my rain fall to be absorbed and not running off into the near by ‘mostly dry’ creek.
      Good luck with your project

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  2. It’s painful to watch how careless and frivolous we are with our LIMITED supply of water–it won’t last forever!

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    • Re thefolia – Hello, Even homes with smallish front and back lawn (grass covered) ares can be as much as 3500 square feet in size. Many homes have much larger lots and lawns that may cover 5 to 10 thousand square feet. It’s simple arithmetic to work out that 1 inch of water weekly adds up to a great deal of costly tap water.

      Happy rainy day summer gardening,

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  3. At the least, we are talking about soaker hoses this summer. I have been spot watering for a couple of years, but that is getting to be too hit and miss. I messed up badly last year when I ignored the potatoes. Not happening twice for me.

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    • Re lucindalines Hi – it’s hard to improve on a soaker hose and a thick layer of compost able mulch. Works really well where your plants are in a row and planted no more than 12 to 18 inches apart. Other wise you will waste a lot of water on patches of soil(space) where you do not have any garden plants.. You may want to try and fill those spaces with a a few beetroots, lettuce plants and such for fresh salad greens
      Happy garden water conservation.

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      • Believe me I usually plant things way too close and have to harvest the in-betweens early. I am not very good at thinning because I can’t bear to kill something that is growing.

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  4. Having a simple drip system on our hedge sure made a big difference to the growth of the hedge and to my free time.

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    • Re wordsfromanneli – I really do believe in and use drip systems. They quickly pay for them self’s in saved labor, time and water usage.
      Happy rainy gardening days

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  5. You’ve just inspired me to get more of the yard into gardens that produce food!

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  6. Reblogged this on Shopping in my basement and commented:
    Very interesting…

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  7. Until people plant their own garden they won’t truly understand how much work and water it takes.

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  8. Hi Pobept,
    Thank you for the “like posts” that I received from you about my blogg, mysliceofheaveninsweden. I really appreciate the encouragement. I have been reading your blog and found it very informative on practical applications on gardening. I enjoyed reading your concerns about water conservation. This is a subject that has been discussed in Sweden for years. The Swedish government here has a variety of water protection projects.

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  9. Julianna @My Watering Can

    Thanks for that information. We use soaker hoses but doubled our garden and need to get more and I was looking into drip irrigation instead.

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