I have added a new innovation to my bathwater siphon system.
Look what I did – I added a sprinkler! It actually had enough pressure to work.
I should explain the excitement. Melbourne is such a low-rainfall part of the world that for about a decade, we had permanent water restrictions. We have about half the annual rainfall of Sydney – a little known fact!
Stage 2 Water Restrictions were eased back to Stage 1 level in 2012, but there are still permanent water rules in place.
Sprinklers and watering systems can only be used ‘overnight’ (from 6pm-10am.) You can’t wash concrete driveways or paths with mains water at all. Many people install ‘grey-water’ recycling systems or tanks to harvest rainwater from the roof.
On Saturday it was 31C here, Monday is predicted to be 33C, Tuesday 34C. This is the time lawns start to brown right off for the summer. We have drought-tolerant grass breeds that brown off to prickly tufts over summer – the whole yard turns brown. It revives again in autumn as the rainfall returns.
Our fruit trees need constant hand-watering with buckets or hose which is quite labour-intensive.
This is one of our 2-year old pear trees (about 2 metres tall now) that we would like to keep alive this summer:
The smaller, cross-pollinator pear tree (about 1.5 metres tall) is just over a year old. It will need lots of water to keep it alive this summer.
To our sadness, the mandarin tree (already producing very sweet fruit) died suddenly while we were away on holidays.
It was planted in a part of the yard that has a history of dying trees. It often has mushrooms growing there in winter. I suspect water pools under the surface.
The weird lemon-lime mutant tree is still going strong after about 10 years:
And this is one of the huge Messmate Stringybark Eucalypts Trees on our fence line. This tree would be about 200 years old.
I’m elated to have all this ‘free’ water that we can use.
It would be absolute bliss to sit on the verandah on a 40C day and have cool, GREEN grass to look at (and living trees!)