The 1st year I
took over the CASA Community Garden, we had no water. The summer of 95 was
one of the hottest on record. During the month of July, we received no
rain. Not a drop. The temps were in the 90's and approaching 100
every day. During the week, I used to fill up three or four 33 gal
trashcans with water, then handwater as many plants as possible before going to
work. Our harvest was 5800 lbs. The next year, with a water source,
our harvest rose to 9800 lbs.
advice.... locate the nearest source of water. I'm assuming,
it is a water main servicing either the suburb or park. Measure the
distance from where you wish your CG meter to be placed to the main.
Contact Cleveland's Water Dept and have a rep meet you at the CG to discuss the
possiblility of connecting up to their main. In Huntsville, its 350 bucks
to have a meter installed (within a few feet of the source).
case, the water source was across a 4 lane highway 400 yards from our
garden. The city had to bore a hole underneath it to install a
meter on our side of the road. The
total cost was $1000.00 to pay for the meter installation, 1" PVC pipes to the
CG and water connection. A local church donated the monies to pay for
these expenditures. The city was very generous.
A certified plumber volunteered his expertise to
hook the meter (required by city) to the garden. I noticed a company
laying down electrical conduit for street lighting near the garden. I
smooth talked (Adam would be proud) the company to dig a trench for the water
pipe from the meter to the CG. No cost here.
2nd Option. Short Term
Only. Trailer water to site. Water weighs 8.5 lbs per
gallon. I priced a 225 gal tank at our Tractor Supply Company at
$279.00. A 1/2 Ton Pickup couldn't handle this weight unless its
trailered. A 8' by 6' trailors cost between 550 to 750 bucks. If you
go with a water tank, you will need either a gas or electrical powered pump to
pump the water. An electrical one runs about 80 bucks (hooks up to a car
battery). Cheapest option here. Connections to the pump and tank runs
about $15. Now the price of water. Where is it coming from? If
its from a residential source, this could be expensive to irrigate a
CG. If you could get a meter used for non-residenial rates, this would be
cheaper. Our garden was metered to a "irrigation" rate meter. Our
cost was about 300 bucks per season (1/3 acre garden). Of course, our
utilities are cheap compared to the average U.S. (never heard of a southerner
retire and move to NYC or Cleveland,
Weigh all your options, call a meeting of the
minds, make a plan, then.... go for
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Lynn M.
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