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  •  We have visited The Villages in central Florida (6+ / 0-)

    several times, and it's amazing how many tens of thousands of gallons of water every home uses each month just to water the lawns.  I would love to see some sort of law/requirement to limit that.  As I understand it the homeowners are only allowed to use a couple kinds of grass, both of which require substantially more water than the native grass.  I don't think the developers will change that so it's up to the government at some level to step in and put a limit on how much water can be used (wasted) for watering grasses that are not native to the area, but look pretty.

    •  Or at least a grey water system (4+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, beach babe in fl, JanL, Odysseus

      or rain barrels.
      I lived in LA and was staggered by the oblivious waste of water on lawns and washing cars.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 02:36:24 PM PST

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      •  Fl does have an extensive renewable waste (3+ / 0-)
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        skohayes, Just Bob, Noor B

        water system that is used for lawns etc.   In fact the Fl legislature recently tried to privatize it.    I think this puts the brakes on that idea.

        Macca's Meatless Monday

        by VL Baker on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:30:45 PM PST

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      •  Ocala Palms uses reclaimed water on the course (3+ / 0-)
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        beach babe in fl, Noor B, Odysseus

        but not for the homes.  And they DO make the owners plant thirsty grass.  

        Florida law changed a couple of years ago and HOAs can no longer deny owners a request to change out their lawns to either Florida native grasses or ground covers, but the cost of doing it is very prohibitive.  A few of them have started ripping out the St. Augustine and Bermuda grass and putting in more water usage friendly lawns.  

        You have to apply for approval from the HOA first and submit drawings and crap, but at least they are not stopping them from changing out the lawns if they want to.  Would love to put in something that requires less mowing, a lot less water and a lot less fertilizer crap.  

        My mom only waters for 1 hour a week, early on Sunday morning.  Her grass is not as green as the neighbors' but nobody from the HOA has given her a ticket yet.  With winter coming and some freezes already, everybody's lawn is browning up, so she won't be running the sprinklers at all until spring.

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:35:18 PM PST

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