Right now in San Diego county we are being “asked” to conserve 20% of our water usage. In many areas of the state it is mandatory, and without a “miracle” we will be next.
In February, the feds cut off all the water to the central valley farmers being supplied water from the delta. We are somewhat protected down here because most of our water comes from the Colorado river BUT the snowpack in Colorado and Wyoming is way below normal so we will soon be in trouble down here also. Our water rates are going up 20-30% regardless.
In Valley Center our water bill was around $450 per month the first year we moved up here to water 2 small lawns and some trees. Now with the cactus and no lawn our water bills last summer were less than $85 per month. As you can see our cactus project will pay for itself in 3-5 years. Once established (4-6 months) you don’t have to water any of the cactus in the video at all. They survive on the meager rainfall we get and morning fog etc.
I thinks it’s time consumers get ahead of the curve and do the right thing. After all this is a coastal desert!
Prices for cactus are going up like crazy as I type this because quite a few people are going this route.