On Oct. 8 at 11 a.m., at the offices of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, gardeners were put on notice that the current water shortage may lead to cutbacks, higher water rates and more. Every homeowner was asked to reduce their water use by 20 gallons per day. Sounds like tough times for gardeners.
It’s not. Saving water is easy — really! Just turn your sprinkler system off for the next five or six months.
Having talked to thousands of homeowners over the past 25 years, I am convinced that gardeners waste far more water during the cool half of the year than the warm half. Our gardens need drastically less water during the cool months of the year. Since all of our irrigation water in southern California is stored water, we all draw upon the same supply during the winter as we do during the summer. Conservation in the winter helps in the summer.