Drought areas....

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by tinman, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
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    I'll post the blog entry I put up this morning. Basically if the drought breaks in your area it is up to the citizens to tell the local officials to let up on the draconian water bans. If not they will go on forever.

    ""If you want to use your sprinkler system this summer you better round up your neighbors and get to every local government meeting you can attend. If you do not, the draconian water restrictions will go on way too long. We have seen a good deal of rain this winter and local reservoirs are doing fine now. But government moves slower than a snail with rock salt poured on it so they will be in no hurry to change things back to normal. Does this mean we do not care about our water supply? Of course not, we should conserve as much as possible. This means running sprinkler systems in the late evening or very early morning instead of running them in the heat of the day. And checking to find out how much you should be watering per week. There is no need to water every day. Three to four time a week is fine and if things get really dry again just cut back more. But to not use these sprinkler systems that cost thousands of dollars is ridiculous.
    If you think your local government knows what is best just consider this story of government waste from my area. Link. Jefferson officials approved tax payer money to be spent on a new radio station as part of a recreation center. The station had a new technology but produced a weak signal and could hardly be picked up by anyone and the internet stream it ran was rarely listened to according to the stations own data. This information from the story says it all, " From July through December, Radio Jefferson only generated $9,190 in income, but had expenses of $151,400. In December, the station had no income and expenses of $6,050". These are the type of people in charge of your water.""
     
  2. JoeinJasper

    JoeinJasper LawnSite Member
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    Where in Ga are you located? I believe that restrictions are going to be a way of life for north Ga. The area is growing faster than the infrastructure can keep up. Hopefully the will be relaxed, but they won't be lifted any time soon. It will be up to us as an industry to make the best use of the water available. We need to install more efficient irrigation, design landscapes with a lower water requirement, and adopt practices that are more drought 'friendly'. Joe
     
  3. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Posts: 1,348

    Good points Joe... I am in Maysville (bout 65 miles north of Atlanta)
     
  4. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I live in Statham and saw the Bear creek resivouir is at full pool now and Lake Allatoona is a full pool for the winter month, I think the water restrictions will be a way of life until la Nina is history, its been killing me.
     
  5. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Posts: 1,348

    Certainly has made it rough on me as I do pressure washing as aside service and that is a no no in most places unless you haul your own well water (which I do but it is very aggravating & a lot of weight to haul).

    I heard from a guy that knows a gut who works for the city & Jefferson, that the reason the watershed in Jefferson almost went totally dry was Beaver Dams! Of course the drought made it possible also but they did not bother to check the surrounding areas for problems.
     

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