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  •  ...ha! yep... (7+ / 0-)

    ...they want us to use 20% less water here in Paradise this year than we did last year. WELL, we are very water conscious. We have only a drip system for watering. So when you're frugal all the time, it is really almost impossible to save 20% more water. Contrast that with the folks that water like crazy with inefficient watering systems and let water go down their driveways into the gutters (well, we don't have gutters in Paradise, but you get the point). It's not hard for them to save 20%.

    This is really a topic folks talk about here.

    Back when we had Enron totally fucking with our electricity, Diane Feinstein told us to use 20% less electricity. She said, "you can do that by turning your computers off and turning off all TV's in your house you aren't watching."

    Well, same thing. If you were an electricity guzzler, that would do the trick. But if you were like we are, you couldn't save 20%. We so tried. We saved 3%.

    It is very irksome...

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

    by paradise50 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 07:50:39 PM PDT

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    •  yes & how does a fast-growing areas use less (1+ / 0-)
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      with more & more people moving in, not to mention hugely destructive industriies expanding their operations and sucking water up from deeper and deeper.

      I've seen bathroom sink replacements that send handwashing water to a tank that feeds into the toilet tank with only the excess going down the drain.  But the plumber i talked to said that's not legal under local building codes and not anywhere in the state, he thought, so you can't get a licensed plumber to do it but you can spend a couple of hundred to buy the thing and hire an unlicensed person who may or may not genuinely have the skills and may set you up for a massively destructive situation.

      Isn't that weird?  He also said that my graywatering my trees etc from the laundry is probably also not legal but since i'm only putting the water on my own property it's unlikely anyone could have any grounds (no pun intended) for complaint that a court would hear.  He said he wouldn't begin to know how to graywater from the tub/shower either.

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