Tue, Aug 02 2011 at 1:46 PM
Hello - FYI in c ase you haven't already seen it - the EPA's WaterSense program recently posted a list of water-conserving tips similar to this one. Here's the link: http://epa.gov/watersense/water_efficiency/when_its_hot.html Here's an excerpt of the comment I sent to the EPA in response: While this info is good as far as it goes, I don't think it goes far enough. Rather than just telling people how to irrigate efficiently, I wish you had asked people to ask themselves, "Do I really need to water the lawn at all?" As you (may) know, unwatered turf usually turns yellowish-brown during prolonged hot and dry weather. The grass has not died, however, it has merely gone dormant, and it will revive and green up again once the cooler, wetter weather returns in the fall. I wish you had mentioned this option in your web page. This is analogous to the question asked of people during WW II when gasoline was in short supply: "Is this trip really necessary?" People should be encouraged to ask the same question of their water consumption when water is in short supply. BTW, a fringe benefit of not watering your lawn is that the grass stops growing, meaning you can spend less time behind a lawn mower and more time at the beach.