Our city officials are saying we 'might' go to a water 'watch' phase soon which would mean no tolerance for wasting water or watering between noon and 7 pm, and asking everyone to conserve more than they already are. After that, the next phase would be a water 'warning' which would mean no outside watering. We are not there yet, but we haven't gotten any significant rain and it is still as hot as ever most days.
Have you ever had a good idea while taking a shower?
I realized that I could simply close the drain on our tub while I took a shower and hold that water to use in the garden each day. Don't worry, I have a good bath mat to stand on so I won't slip. Simply closing the shower curtain keeps it hidden from curious guests. Besides, if they see the water in there and ask about it, I'll gladly let them in on my new water source.
A small plastic bucket makes it easy to fill the larger bucket that I use to carry the water outside without dipping the larger bucket into the tub and getting it really wet to drip everywhere. Plus, I can actually fill the larger bucket this way. Less trips in and out of the house. It's a mini work out as well with some weight training. As a bonus, the water from days after taking a bubble bath smells really nice while I'm pouring it.
Some friends of ours in a neighboring town which has restricted its residents to watering only one day a week are keeping a five gallon bucket in their shower. They have a number of children and it fills each day. They use that water to keep their vegetable plants going between the weekly waterings. We haven't put a bucket in my wonderful husband's shower...yet.
Gardeners can be very resourceful.
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