How are you dealing with the drought?

Bathing with a friend. 16% 24 votes
Bought an iceberg and having it towed down. 4% 7 votes
Gotta nice, brown lawn. 25% 37 votes
Installed a cistern already. 1% 2 votes
Maybe I'll paint the lawn green … 0% 1 vote
Mulch, mulch, mulch! 6% 9 votes
Never drink water anyway. 2% 3 votes
No drought here till the water agency calls it. 19% 28 votes
Real short showers. 8% 12 votes
Timers, drip irrigation, and soaker hoses on plants only when needed. 15% 23 votes
146 total votes


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Save water, drink beer.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 9, 2014 at 8:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The house I grew up in had a cistern. It supplied water for the garden during the year. Not sure many of today's homes on tiny footprints could support one, but there are rain barrels.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
January 9, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Back when I was living in Goleta (1974'-1995') our house had four Rain Barrels and a Washtub (for the Washer drain), so during the 80-90 drought we kept our garden, lawn green and watered and washed the car; which smelled Summer Fresh (washer water).

dou4now (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2014 at 5:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I understand that putting mulch on your landscaping is a good idea to conserve water. The county could have used all those pine trees they burned in Solvang for this purpose. What a waste.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We've had drought tolerant plants since the 80s. Less work and some great results if you try.

local (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2014 at 1:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If the aesthetic of a lawn is what you desire, there are some very well made artificial turfs available for residential use that allow water to seep into the ground when rain actually happens.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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