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I'm in the deserts of west central New Mexico.  Average annual precip (hopefully) is 10 inches per year. I recently had a deep well put it and lucked out with a really good deep water source.  Had the driller put in an AC/DC pump powered by a pair of solar panels independent from my residence solar.  

I'm presently installing drip irrigation for everything on the property, 5 plus acres, that needs it. Hmmm? Why not store water and gravity feed it?  So, bought four 12,000 gallon tanks from a firm that makes and provides them for US Govt, military, etc.  Tanks are round, 7.5 feet in diameter, and 10 feet tall, and weigh about 550 lb each,  Clamped some forklift tines on the front loader of my tractor and was able to easily move them where I wanted them. One tank is in my house yard for watering raised beds and containers plus shade and wind break trees. Grass? I don't need no stinking grass!  I just mow the weeds as appropriate and cover some of them up with the black weed killer film when I don't like that particular weed, then let another take its place. The folks around here who, like me, are all on wells and insist on trying to have lawns, just go on a speedy bus ride to frustration city. IMO, way too much water, fertilizer, etc., required for something green that has no other purpose than looks. In mid summer here, one can run a good well dry trying to keep grass green.  

I"m currently filling my tanks from the solar well and will begin gravity feed drip watering when they're full. Takes three to four days to put 12,000 Gs in a tank. Since I'll only have a max of 5 to 6 PSI for most of the tanks, I managed to locate some neat battery operated timers that operate with zero pressure.  This drip stuff is all new to me so we shall see what we shall see.  I know I won't be inviting the previous weed crops in that sprout madly immediately after running ditch water, and I won't be losing about 65% of sprinkler water to evaporation, it should work okay.  BTW, summer humidity here is from 5 to 8% so evaporation is a big factor to consider.  Means I'll use lots of rotten and spoiled hay for mulch over my drip lines and tree emitter rings.     

BTW, also had a tankless water heater installed within recent weeks.  Wow!  Drop of 40% plus on my gas bill the first month.  I do like it....so far.  I filter my house well and also specified a second cartridge filter in the cold water line at the input to the new water heater so my hot water is now double filtered. What a difference! Really swest and clean. 

Anyway, regards to all,    GOM  

Rick H Parker

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"IMO, way too much water, fertilizer, etc., required for something green that has no other purpose than looks. In mid summer here, one can run a good well dry trying to keep grass green."

Lawns where original a status symbol. You had to be loaded to be able to waste real estate on a non-edible. Today what does one gain by doing a lawn ... nothing ... not even status.

Rick H Parker
Kansas, USA
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Totally agree.  In the nearest big city, Albuquerque, about 25 miles to my north, they give the citizens tax breaks and other incentives to do 'desert landscapes' with their yards.  Many, many homes in the city are crushed white rock, boulders, desert shrubs, and/or fake grass.  I've close to hated lawns for years because they're such a waste of resources. Many home owners with lawns also too careless with their fertilizers, bug sprays, herbicides, and so on.  Occasional mentions in the local media of children becoming poisoned just playing in the grass on their toxic lawns.

Regards, GOM 
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