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Posted: July 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I am sure the rebates on low-flow bathroom products has reduced water consumption considerably.

In a recent visit and walks among San Diego neighborhoods, we find a city that is using its imagination on drought-tolerant plants, creative/decorative landscaping and artificial lawns.

In my retirement, I have nursed, nurtured and begged my yard to reflect my efforts and pride. With the current serious drought upon us and the uncertain future, I feel guilty about the amount of water needed.

Artificial lawns, perhaps your time has come. Water companies, offer us incentives/rebates to consider such a radical idea.

I’ve adapted by drinking my whiskey with no water backer.



ricketzz: Posted: July 13, 2014 10:04 a.m.

If I let my yard go it covers itself with little purple weeds. I am keeping some grass going with drips, gray water. I prefer indoor/outdoor carpet to Astroturf.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 13, 2014 10:18 a.m.

It's unfortunate that all of the "energy efficient" appliances absolutely suck. Dishwashers have 2-3 hour cycles and do a horrible job because they hardly use any water (or maybe that's just due to our horrible hard water in SCV), front loader washers also take several hours to run and they do not get your clothes nearly as clean as a plain old machine with an agitator - plus they hold water so the machines get a mildew smell - we end up running an extra empty cycle with bleach to kill the smell and have all wash cycles with the extra rinse setting on, and low flow showers and toilets have to be the absolute worst because you end up taking an extra long shower (to rinse long hair thoroughly), and flushing low flow toilets multiple times because they simply don't work well. Yes we have mostly energy efficient appliances (still have one old toilet we will never get rid of!) and we hate all of them. I will never put a regulator on my shower!

I just wish they could make them a higher degree of functionality.

projalice11: Posted: July 13, 2014 12:42 p.m.

"I’ve adapted by drinking my whiskey with no water backer."

It depends on what whiskey you drink..

Some need the water back and some don't..

Any way thanks for your water conservation efforts..

therightstuff: Posted: July 13, 2014 11:38 p.m.

It's global warming...I mean...climate change...I mean...whatever they're calling it these days. We're doomed.

Unreal: Posted: July 14, 2014 2:41 p.m.

I have a 10 year old washing maching and dryer and I keep renewing the service contract on. I will keep them as long as I can.

I had my dishwasher repaired the other day and the serviceman said that for our area with the hard water we should always use powder and not gel. He said all other areas should use gel because it cleans better, but for our hard water powder is best.

AlwaysRight: Posted: July 14, 2014 4:09 p.m.

chefgirl- my wife used a little vinegar in every dish load. Worked fairly well.

I put in a water softener and problems went away. Come and get me, Coppers!
[I'm on septic, LOL]

chefgirl358: Posted: July 14, 2014 7:38 p.m.

I would give anything for a water softener here! Our horrible water literally eats faucets alive, we replace most of them every 2 years max, and our dishwasher never worked well at all, then it literally exploded! There was a loud bang and the door flew open in mid cycle, the heating coil exploded everywhere. We never bothered to fix it, it was only 1 year old. Because the water is so bad and the dishwasher (not cheap btw, it was a Maytag around $700) was always a pos, we just wash them by hand so at least the dishes look good and are clean. We'll put a new machine in when we sell the house and won't use it at all before we move, just run it once to make sure it works.

tech: Posted: July 14, 2014 10:04 p.m.

Our home is in the Saugus community of Santa Clarita and has the hard water that's in the valley.

- LifeSource Beotron whole house filtration system
- KitchenAid dishwasher
- Finish Powerball
- Finish Jetdry

We still have some mineral scale but all is functional. --edited.

ricketzz: Posted: July 15, 2014 10:44 a.m.

I use borate to wash whenever possible. Trader Joe's dishwasher powder. My Maytag only cost $440. It has steam and a food grinder, too. I use white vinegar in the JetDri dispenser and it works great, with untreated well water. Faucets dissolve into a brown crusty mass over time, but my Mason Jar glassware is unclouded and un-etched. I grew up in Scottsdale and I love the desert, which you have to meet halfway.

AlwaysRight: Posted: July 15, 2014 1:29 p.m.

Tech- do you like ur KitchenAid dishwasher? So unhappy with ours. Little plastic pieces break all the time. 2 yrs old and I've probably invested something like $400 in new parts for the stupid thing. Your experience?

Our old Maytag never broke down. 19 years and still going.

chefgirl- looks like you've got some possible help here. Jetdry and vinegar seem to be safe bets.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 15, 2014 7:46 p.m.

Thanks gang.

tech: Posted: July 15, 2014 11:50 p.m.

The KitchenAid seems to work fine, AR. I've only had to replace a small plastic netted basket. It was an upgrade by the prior owner included in our purchase.

I did have to replace the logic unit on our KitchenAid combo microwave/conventional + convection oven, however. That was ~ $165 including labor.

Our new in 2011 Maytag front load washer has had 2 warranty repairs, the first was 2 weeks after purchase and the next 18 months ago. Each were electromechanical valve related.

SyntheticGrassStore: Posted: July 17, 2014 10:18 p.m.

Artificial Turf can reduce your household water usage by 50%. It has changed a lot from the old days of Astroturf. No Mow, No Grow, No H2O!

tech: Posted: July 18, 2014 9:37 p.m.

Can it reduce my household receipt of Spam® by 50%? By the way, I can't help but notice your forum user name is curiously related to the LTE topic. Coincidence?

And now for something completely different… --edited.

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