Drought tolerance

Here in California, we are experiencing one of the most significant droughts in more than 100 years. Where we live is pretty arid to begin with, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to have lawns and landscaping that are more appropriate for the midwest and places with a surplus of water.

My town has imposed some heavy water restrictions. We have to reduce our usage by 25%. On the surface, that sounds like a good idea. However it’s an across-the-board reduction based on prior use. So if didn’t waste a lot of water to begin with, you’ll feel the pinch more than the people who have, and continue to use water for pointless purposes, like watering grass.

One of the most egregious water-wasters is the town itself. All around you can see them running sprinklers to maintain grass in places that don’t even need it, usually right near sidewalks.

The thing with water is, they aren’t making any more of it, and you can’t really spend your way out of the mess.