Monday, April 14, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Water shortage

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From page A5 | February 24, 2014 | 7 Comments

EDITOR:

I owned 10 acres in El Dorado with only a well that went almost dry every October until the first rain in November. As my son put it, “I found something more precious than gold” when his shower was cut off due to the well going dry.

Since then I have learned many things about conservation. If you conserve with a well, it will get you through to the next rainfall. I’ve experienced a couple droughts and made it. Since I refuse to give up my winter, spring and summer gardens, I can add a few tips for vegetable and flower gardens through these hard times.

When I turn my shower on, it does not instantly supply me with the exact heat I like, so I have to run the water through the lower faucet before getting the required temperature. So, I put a 5 gallon bucket under the faucet. Once it gets full, it’s heavy, but I do move it and put the other one under. Now I have 10 gallons of water.

There are lots of variations for this method. At my ranch I used a lot of gray water. Now my husband takes a shower. Same method, guess what, we now have 20 gallons of water. We all know by now the “yellow/mellow” thing. With this 20 gallons, we can do many things with this “more precious than gold” product. I can water plants, flush, etc.

My husband saves everything, including empty 1 gallon milk jugs. I use a siphon hose to transfer the water from the 5 gallon buckets to the water jugs. That 20 gallons will water half of my garden one day, the other half the next day. Believe it or not, there is water left over.

Our grapes are water lovers, so with the theory of the bowl around the base of the plant, 3 inhes above ground waters, 1 inch below … to fix that, we drove pipes (any pipe) to root level deep, put the water in the pipe, and water goes right to the roots — no evaporation.

There are lots of things one can do; use your talents. A little extra work will pay off.

JUDY ELLIS BANKERT
Placerville

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 21, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Judy, you remind me of how spoiled I have become.

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  • Liberal TaxpayerFebruary 24, 2014 - 10:26 am

    It is truly amazing how much water/gas/electricity/time we can save with just a little bit of thought. Judy, this letter inspires me and I hope it inspires everyone who reads it. It's also refreshing in that you don't attack anyone or go negative. Just a concerned citizen with a good noggin. I hope the people who reply treat you and this issue with the respect it deserves.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 24, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    I love this article :) We used to do the same thing down south...I had plants down there. and grey water from the washing machine...and captured rain water in trash cans with lids. I too have forgtton some of it...i dont really have a garden--the deer and his family eat everything...but its okay --he is beautiful. I do pour the old dog water on the tree--in stead of down the sink...as well as in extra water in glasses left over. Nice article.

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  • Leslie DavisFebruary 25, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Judy.......I agree with you that we have a serious water problem. Could someone please tell the county about this shortage as they currently have plans to build over 7,314 homes and hundreds of apartments between Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills. We not only don't we have the water, but we don't have the sewer capacity, roads, police protection, fire protection or schools. El Dorado Hills already has LOS F on their roads at peak traffic times. Please sign the Petitions that are now circulating around the entire county to stop this insanity and require sensible and sustainable grown. I plan to leave a county to my grandchildren that will actually have green trees, green grass, open fields and not houses, stack and pack apartments and asphalt and cement.

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  • EvelynFebruary 25, 2014 - 7:46 am

    Leslie: On today's BOS Consent Calendar -- yes, CONSENT -- there are two Agenda items pertaining to development. Expect them to be routinely approved. Water is not even an issue. Yes, folks, sign those petitions. Time to take back our County.

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  • Leslie DavisFebruary 25, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    The Petitions will be showing up shortly at Pete's in EDH and the Purple Place on Green Valley Road. These two businesses should be applauded for stepping forward to agree that this is outrageous and the people must be involved in what is happening in EDC. My family will be spending money at these two restaurants who are in support of the people.

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  • Robert D NollFebruary 25, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Leslie,I am taking my family to The Purple Place for breakfast Saturday morning,I hope I will see them there so I can sign the petitions

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