Smart Irrigation –  Conserving our Water

For many, the topic of ‘saving our water’ immediately causes the rolling of eyes much like the late British comedian Marty Feldman in “Young Frankenstein.”

But only a cursory review of my posts on the National Drought Monitor makes us realize that Our supply of potable water is limited. Southern California is experiencing its fifth year of extreme drought. Lakes and reservoirs are drying up.  The cost of desalination of water for even a medium-size American city is in the billions, not millions, of tax dollars.  (One day the American taxpayer will realize that bonds must be paid back just like any other indebtedness.) Conserving water is good for the environment and good for the taxpayer. Nothing is free, not even water.

The following leads to ‘apps’ for use in irrigation dependent upon the different uses made of our land. http://smartirrigationapps.org

One should read it if for no other reason than our tax money was probably expended in some way in producing it.  Jointly, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, and IFIS produced these apps.  Besides, it makes good sense for any community to conserve our water and land on rational grounds as well as on ethical and moral grounds as trustees and stewards of this ‘good Earth’, this one planet. Or we may well end up like California, wondering whence our next cup of potable water will come.

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