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RE: How to enforce water rationing


That's interesting. Here we have wells because the original neighborhood
was miles from anywhere civilized. There are several like this, started
back in the 50s or so, I guess the idea was affordable second homes in
the desert for people who couldn't afford Palm Springs. Our developer -
really the guy who subdivided the land and bulldozed out some streets -
drilled a couple wells and formed the community water company. Each
landowner owns a share of the water company and it is run by us. Of
course no one really wants to do this so there are 3 vacancies on a 7
member board, only one member was actually elected according to the
bylaws. In the last 20 years the general meeting has not had a quorum of
homeowners to officially vote on issues but of course water still needs
to be delivered so the ones on the board just carry on, what else can
you do.  Kitty, take note, we can barely find enough volunteers to
manage an essential component of life! And all the little water
companies like ours are in the same boat.
Now we are smack in the middle of suburbia. Our wells don't produce
nearly enough water to provide for our expanded community so they have
to buy water from the agency. It is illegal to drill your own well
without massive numbers of permits, and you would never be granted a
permit if your land is anywhere close to water lines. Drilling a well in
this valley costs tens of thousands of dollars too and in some areas
there simply is no water no matter how far down you go.

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 11:19 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] How to enforce water rationing

We all have wells in this area. As near as I can figure out, until
maybe the late 60s municipal water in this progressive community was
viewed as some sort of socialism [or worse]. Then, when the draw down
on the groundwater table began to threaten the rapacious livelihood of
the developers and other local Babbitts, municipal water and sewage
became a reality. It was sort of conservative epiphany, but it did not
include existing subdivisions, of which mine is one.

On Sep 26, 2007, at 1:23 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I did finally talk to husband this morning and we had a good laugh
> about
> the whole thing. He doesn't know if there's a separate shut-off for
> that
> system either so we'll search - in daylight this time - and if we
can't
> find it he can put one in. The water company guy found a promising
hole
> behind the rhododendron last night but it was too dark and awkward to
> dig it out right then. This particular set of valves has failed more
> than once before so a little work can only help in the future.
> Interesting you're on a well...how big is your property? Do you have
> close neighbors, do you all have your own water?
>
> Cyndi
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of james singer
> Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:02 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] How to enforce water rationing
>
> I hate stuff like that--and have always been paranoid about it
> happening, so I've tended of overbuild all my irrigation systems,
> adding multiple shut offs, many redundant, and diversion routes. More
> than once my efforts have brought a smile to the face of a friend who
> is an irrigation contractor. But we're on a well and I find the
> prospect of completely shutting down the water supply scary.
>
> On Sep 26, 2007, at 9:58 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>
>> I got home last night to discover a lake in the front yard. Seems the
>> sprinklers had been on all day. We have everything on controllers so
I
>> went and turned off the electronic box. No effect. I went and fiddled
>> with all the various fiddly things on the valves. No effect. I
sloshed
>> through the lake looking for other valves, thinking maybe I had the
>> wrong ones...no luck. I call husband, who's in D.C. this week - his
>> phone is turned off. I figure I can turn it off at the street until I
>> hear from husband, but that's a weird valve and I couldn't figure out
>> how to move it. Great.
>> So I call the water company, my neighborhood has a private water
> system
>> and husband is actually on the water board. They are quite cheerful
>> about coming over and obviously think I'm some ignorant female who
>> can't
>> figure it out, that's okay with me, just get here. And so in about
> half
>> an hour (the lake is spreading) the guy shows up. We spend another
> half
>> hour fiddling with valves and sloshing through the lake before he
>> admits
>> defeat - the one sprinkler valve is broken beyond repair and the only
>> way to stop the water is to shut it off at the street. Unsurprisingly
>> we
>> have a tool to do this in our garage, I just didn't recognize it.
>> I considered packing up and taking my morning shower here at the gym
> at
>> work, but decided it was easier just to turn the water back on,
>> sprinklers included, for the time it takes me to get ready and turn
it
>> off when I leave. After all I'm out there bleary-eyed and unwashed
>> feeding the livestock at 4 am anyway.  I still haven't heard from
>> husband and I decided to leave the sprinkler repair for him, I can
> live
>> with this for a couple days, serves him right for being out of town.
>> However the yard is so saturated that 30 minutes of water this
morning
>> re-filled the lake. I'm hoping for warm weather to dry things out a
>> tiny
>> bit because when I get home I have to turn it back on for long enough
>> to
>> water the horses and sheep. Then I think I'll go out to dinner - I
>> can't
>> cook without water, right? Too bad. :-)
>>
>> Cyndi
>>
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Sunset Zone 25
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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