How many gallons of water can I conserve with my little green watering can?

My quantity of available blogging time has been limited. Summer is a busy time for most of us anyway, but on top of what I usually try to fit into my after-work life I’ve been hand watering as much of my garden as I can cover with good old-fashioned methods. We have automatic sprinklers and an excellent watering system, but my goal has been to minimize overusing automatic sprinklers and using more water than we absolutely need to keep plants alive.

Strategic watering takes a great deal of time. I’m doing the best I can to conserve in a state that is seriously parched. You may have heard about freak lightning strikes this past weekend that sadly resulted in one death and multiple injuries. It was a very weird weather condition, but don’t mistake reports of lightning as an indication we had any REAL rain. In my weekend experience the few sputters did little more than contribute to an even dirtier car…and we’re not really supposed to be washing them.

We spent the weekend in our San Jacinto Mountain resort–well…we spent time with our trailer in our Silent Valley home away from home. This was my first visit since last year’s wildfire  came dangerously close to the main campground. The scorched areas are very evident and it is incredibly dry.

And while neighboring cities have adopted specific water rationing measures, this evening we have been glued to our television sets watching millions of gallons of precious water lost to a broken water pipe–a pipe first installed in 1921. This would be one of the earliest water pipes in the city of Los Angeles, dating back to the father of the Los Angeles water system, William Mulholland.

Millions of gallons of water have been lost. To see some incredibly breathtaking–and devastating photos, click HERE. The damage to the surrounding area, and in particular to the historic UCLA Pauley Pavilion is staggering. You can see Pauley Pavilion photos HERE. The Pavilion underwent a $136 million renovation in 2012 and is more than likely completely ruined by the flood.

At 75,000 gallons of water per minute, do you want to do the math? Early reports–8 to 10 MILLION gallons of water–GONE!

I’ll be thinking about that tomorrow as I carry around my little green watering can saving a few drops. We’re in trouble here.