RED ALERT – LOCAL WATER WOES

water_world.jpg City of Pasadena issues Water Shortage Plan 1 — Now in effect!

On December 17, 2007, the City Council proclaimed that a projected water shortage exists in Pasadena and implemented Water Shortage Plan I, in accordance with Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) 13.10.040.

Water Shortage Plan I directs all persons in Pasadena and all customers of PWP to adhere to nine water conservation measures. Adherence to these measures is voluntary, but critical for achieving water savings that may help prevent an actual shortage in the city.

PWP urges everyone to adopt lifelong efficient water use habits, for the good of the city and for the good of the environment.

Read more about the water shortage and ways households can conserve

Check out our water conservation efforts which include – ollas, greywater reclamation, rainwater harvesting (wip) and more. Oh, and many of these water wise products used here on the urban homestead are featured PTF’s very own online store.

We were pleased to see that on our recent municipal bill, our water usage has been less than half of last year for the same period – whoohooo!

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  1. Emily B says:

    It is interesting to read about your water woes, as we are in possibly a worst situation. For the last 3 years we have not been able to use mains water outside of the home! Our towns dams are 13% full and losing water everyday. This is not a localised problem most of Australia is in severe drought.

    I am only up to 2004 posts, so you may have covered this already, but where so you get all your water from? Do you use mains water or have tanks?
    I understand you don’t get a great deal of rain, but still you produce so much. Obviously your lovely soil plays a huge role in retaining moisture.
    As always your family is so INCERDIBLE, to read about!
    Emily

  2. Anais says:

    Hello Emily and welcome to PTF’s Little Homestead Journal!

    Yes, we have heard about Australia drought situations and fear that such situation will eventually transpire here in the West.

    Since we are smack dab in the middle of the city we get our water from the municipality. If the water situation were to worsen, with our intensive urban farm we would consider having to apply for agricultural rates if necesary.

    In the meantime, we handwater, use clay pot irrigation methods and mulch heavily. You are right having good soil. Having started gardening nearly 18 years ago, we have slowly improved our soil over time and this will, I hope, get us through “the bad times.”

    Oh, and we are working on harvesting rainfall (and reclaiming greywater) . Even though it only rains a few months out of the year here, that should help a bit.

    Thanks for the comment and again welcome.
    Anais

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