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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

I went out looking for inspiration yesterday.  


I didn't really find it.  But there were some changing colors in the trees, even here in the desert.

I know.

With all of these green lawns, it doesn't look much like a desert. Many areas and developments use what is called desert landscaping. Sand and rocks and gravel and cacti.  Low water usage.  It seems more reasonable to me.  

But not here.

This is what is called a golf course community.  The homes are all situated close to the golf course that forms the center of this patch of land.


It is beautiful and I'm told the water that keeps it so green is recycled some way so as not to use up the desert's weak supply.

Whenever I meet someone here they always ask "Do you golf?" After all, why else live in such a community.  And while I grew up in a tiny town in North Dakota with a 9-hole golf course and I learned to play there, I haven't had a club in my hand for more than 40 years now. Why is too long a story.  Maybe some other time.

We just landed in this community because we liked the area and the house.  And we have a large green yard that does seem to require a lot of water.  So we live quietly and happily here.

Except for our water bill!

9 comments:

  1. Bruce, good for you and SWMBO. You two have landed in a great place. Enjoy.

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  2. Yeah, I'll bet your water bill is a choker. As is your lawn maintenance bill, I'm guessing. "Tis pretty, though. :)

    SA

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  3. I think that much of the claimed recycling of water used in the irrigation of grass and other plants is disengenuous. Of course it is recycled - nature sees to that. It is expired through plants into the atmosphere and eventually returns to the earth as rain, hail or snow. But where? It is simply relocated, there being no more or less water on or around this planet than at any time since time began. Sorry, Steve, I know I need to stop ranting and lighten up. You clearly live in a beautiful place. I'm jealous!

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    1. I think what they mean is the golf course is watered from on-site wells, not via treated city water, which means it should recycle back into the same underground aquifer it came out of.

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    2. That's what I mean when I say the claims are disengenuous. Nearly all of the water used in plant irrigation transpires into the atmosphere and doesn't return to ground aquifers until the weather delivers it - very likely in some other geographic location.

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    3. I understand what you are saying but the water is as reclaimed as it can get. Golf courses in Phoenix use mostly treated effluent from waste water treatment plants and then they are supplemented by CAP (Central Arizona Canal) water taken from Arizona's allottment from the Colorado River. The link below may be helpful.

      http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Water/Water_Supply_Planning/Sustainable_Supply/Reclaimed_Water

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  4. It looks like you've landed in a beautiful oasis. I can see why you love it.

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  5. Neat to see Autumn colors in the dessert. Lovely.

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