Methods for Water Conservation in your homes.
Learn about drought tolerant plants in California
DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPING – A DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPE CONSISTS OF PLANTS THAT REQUIRE VERY LITTLE WATER, OR NO WATER, AS IN THE CASE OF XERISCAPE PLANTS (ONCE THEY GET ESTABLISHED). THERE IS A SURPRISINGLY LARGE NUMBER OF TREES, PLANTS AND SHRUBS THAT FIT THIS BILL. BY GETTING RID OF YOUR LAWN AND REPLACING IT WITH LOW-WATER-NEEDS SHRUBS, YOU WILL DRASTICALLY REDUCE YOUR WATER USAGE AND A WHOLE LOT OF MAINTENANCE. WHEN YOU MAKE THE CHANGE TO A DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPE, YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE COLOR AND TEXTURE OF YOUR NEW YARD! YOU WILL ALSO BE AMAZED AT THE VISITORS...YOUR NEIGHBORS AND THE BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES AND HEALTHY INSECTS. EVERYONE WILL WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY AND MARVEL AT HOW A LANDSCAPE CAN LOOK SO GOOD, YET NEED SO LITTLE WORK!
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Aquaponics –Instead of the traditional in ground garden, aquaponics is a great way to grow healthy organic food with fish and plants working together just like in a natural eco system and aquaponics recycles 97% of the water needed for this type of system.
Taking shorter showers – We need to be conscience of the fact that taking shorter showers can save thousands of gallons per person per year. One type of new technology that has been introduced to the market is the iMShowerSmart, a professional shower timer. This inexpensive, innovative technology saves money, water, energy while slashing CO2 emissions by shortening shower times.
BIOCHAR - IS A DESIRABLE SOIL MATERIAL USED IN MANY LOCATIONS DUE TO ITS ABILITY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN WATER THUS ONLY REQUIRING 1/3 OF WATERING. THIS IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF ITS POROUS STRUCTURE AND HIGH SURFACE AREA. AS A RESULT, NUTRIENTS, PHOSPHORUS, AND AGROCHEMICALS ARE RETAINED FOR THE PLANTS BENEFIT. PLANTS THEREFORE, ARE HEALTHIER AND FERTILIZERS LEACH LESS INTO SURFACE OR GROUNDWATER. LIKE MOST CHARCOAL, BIOCHAR IS CREATED BY PYROLYSIS OF BIOMASS. BIOCHAR IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AS AN APPROACH TO CARBON SEQUESTRATION TO PRODUCE NEGATIVE CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS. BIOCHAR THUS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HELP MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE, VIA CARBON SEQUESTRATION. INDEPENDENTLY, BIOCHAR CAN INCREASE SOIL FERTILITY OF ACIDIC SOILS (LOW PH SOILS), INCREASE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY, AND PROVIDE PROTECTION AGAINST SOME FOLIAR AND SOIL-BORNE DISEASES. FURTHERMORE, BIOCHAR REDUCES PRESSURE ON FORESTS. BIOCHAR IS A STABLE SOLID, RICH IN CARBON AND CAN ENDURE IN SOIL FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
Rainwater Catchment Systems - Is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. Its uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, and water for domestic use with proper treatment. Rainwater catchment systems provide an independent water supply during regional water restrictions and in developed countries is often used to supplement the main supply. It provides water when there is a drought, can help mitigate flooding of low-lying areas, and reduces demand on wells which may enable ground water levels to be sustained. It also helps in the availability of potable water as rainwater is substantially free of salinity and other salts.