So is it hot and dry??? Are we in South Central Texas in July???
We are not the only ones who have to deal with water conservation. Each month my Irrigation & Green Industry magazine has an article on how the green industry is trying to serve customers with items that will be water efficient. In June 2011 they had an article on” Recycling Water for Irrigation”. The April 2010 National Geographic was a special “Water Our Thirsty World”. In July 2011 the Texas Parks & Wildlife had their “Every Drop Counts The State of Water: A Decade Later” issue. This month you can see the cover of Texas Monthly with the cover story “The Last Drop”.
Around the world, water is a precious natural resource. What little bit I save by doing the right thing is a mere small drop in the worldwide water bucket but I know it is the right thing to do.
On page 182 of Texas Monthly the article says “The most affordable option, of course, is to use the water we already have more efficiently. “ “Some areas, like to Upper Colorado Basin, where reservoirs have all but dried up in the current drought, have no choice to increase conservation following the lead of cities like San Antonio and El Paso, which were likewise forced by scarcity to become much more frugal with their water over the past twenty years.”
Use of water for our landscapes and our gardens is necessary but we need to be sure that we use only what we need and in the most efficient way.
If you have a garden group or homeowners association in your neighborhood, as a Bexar County Master Gardener, you can provide information by doing a presentation or inviting everyone to a Landscape Fair. Contact Laura Rogers for more information on how to do a Landscape Fair or how you can do a Water Conservation presentation. Jack Downey can put you in touch with members of the Earth-Kind Speakers Bureau and you can learn how to do your own presentations.
Our mission is education and what better way to fulfill that mission than by providing information to our friends and neighbors on ways to save water in their landscape.
Laura C. Rogers Bexar County Master Gardeners Water Conservation Coordinator