Using and Wasting
There is a lot of talk about saving water these days. And while this is important, it is also important to realize that landscape irrigation utilizes a minuscule amount of the total water withdrawn from Florida aquifers each year. So, if you water your garden with a well, I can make the case that your effect on water availability isn’t even measurable.
In either case, though, wasting the gifts of mother nature isn’t nice. And while we want to be responsible stewards of her resources, we want to be very clear that using water is not the same thing as wasting water.
Not very long ago, irrigation systems with huge amounts of overspray would cause rivers of water on adjacent asphalt. It is probably a good thing that asphalt doesn’t grow.
Image: Use Acalypha hispida | Chenille and other tropicals without 'water guilt' by careful water application.
And, not so long ago, irrigation systems were seen running in the rain or shooting jets of water straight up for days at a time. Yes, you can still see this around, but compared to ten years ago we have come very far. The black eye remains, though.
Some ask why we don’t simply use the water provided by Mother Nature; she doesn’t need water pipes all over the place. But she provides most of the water in