[Vision2020] Pressurized Irrigation
tim.rigsby at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 26 10:55:49 PDT 2006
Sorry it has taken so long to respond, just have not had the time.
Anyway, I like the idea of grey water and I am interested as to how Idaho is
regulating its use. It frustrates me that developers and home builders are
not more consciences about utilizing our natural resources more efficiently.
If and when I am able to build my dream home on the Palouse, I plan on
investigating a number of green building solutions that will help us have a
more sustainable environment.
Using straw instead of lumber, using more grey water instead of 100% blue
water, using recyclable plastics or metals for roofing, siding etc, using
low flow and energy efficient fixtures.
These are just a few simple things we can do to help preserve. The problem
I foresee though is to get people to go along with this idea based upon cost
and other factors. A low flow, high powered toilet from MBS is around $200.
Most people probably would not be interested in buying such a device.
However, if people use the brick method, then maybe we can conserve more
water in the short term.
The reservoir idea may not be feasible at this time but hooking your gutters
into a drainage system that allows for the capture and storage of water is
feasible. I have a feeling that people will have a hard time following a
code of ethics to protect our environment. Meaning that people will not be
diligent in keeping there gutters clean and ensuring that run off is
I hope to write more later on the issue of water conservation when I have
" 'Politics is the art of controlling your environment.' That is one of the
key things I learned in these years, and I learned it the hard way. Anybody
who thinks that 'it doesn't matter who's President' has never been Drafted
and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid War on the other side of
the World -- or been beaten and gassed by Police for trespassing on public
property -- or been hounded by the IRS for purely political reasons -- or
locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken nose and no phone access and
twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in the shower. That is when it
matters who is President or Governor or Police Chief. That is when you will
wish you had voted." - Hunter S. Thompson
>From: "Matt Decker" <mattd2107 at hotmail.com>
>To: tim.rigsby at hotmail.com, vision2020 at moscow.com
>Subject: RE: [Vision2020] Pressurized Irrigation
>Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 10:10:37 -0700
>With the two lines, I would have a big reservoir, maybe comparable to
>Spring Valley or bigger. Hopefully this would be placed in a strategic
>location, which would catch the runoff and rain water in the spring time.
>We could also stock the reservoir with fish, which would give our youth a
>local place to get out of the house. Granted we could only draw so much
>water, but with a big reservoir hopefully the water will help us water our
>lawns for half or most of the summer. After that then the homeowners would
>have to use our drilled water if they want their lawns green.
>Yeah yeah I know there are some concerns, but I think it really could be
>>From: "TIM RIGSBY" <tim.rigsby at hotmail.com>
>>To: vision2020 at moscow.com
>>Subject: [Vision2020] Pressurized Irrigation
>>Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 10:56:45 -0600
>>I like your idea of running two water lines, one for potable water and one
>>for non-potable. This idea is not new but in fact already in use in the
>>Boise area. The only problem, other than shotty installs that lead to
>>leaky pipes down the road, is that the pressurized system is in fact grey
>>but relies upon precipitation in order for it to be effective. If Moscow
>>were to require grey water line installs, they would need some sort of
>>catch pond, pumps, and precipitation. What would the homeowners do if
>>Moscow had an off year of precipitation?
>>The other idea that has always kind of bugged me about home building in
>>Moscow is that a number of homes require drainage systems around the homes
>>foundation. Often times the water that is caught in the drain tile is
>>sent down the sewer. Why is there not a way to catch the water from the
>>drain tile and route it towards a large septic type tank so that the
>>homeowner can reuse the water? Granted the cost of homes would increase
>>slightly, but Moscow would be better off in the long run to ask that new
>>home construction use a reclamation system such as this.
>>All Moscow can hope for at this point is more surface precipitation,
>>better use of vegetation, and an increased emphasis on water conservation.
>>P.S. Happy Earth Day! I am off to the Boise Earth Day Festival. I will
>>try and get some pictures up on flickr for those that are interested.
>>P.P.S. I also have to disagree with Bill London for a change. I think
>>that the cemetery is an important place to keep looking good. Respect
>>should be sent out to those who have blazed the Moscow trail throughout
>>" 'Politics is the art of controlling your environment.' That is one of
>>the key things I learned in these years, and I learned it the hard way.
>>Anybody who thinks that 'it doesn't matter who's President' has never been
>>Drafted and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid War on the
>>other side of the World -- or been beaten and gassed by Police for
>>trespassing on public property -- or been hounded by the IRS for purely
>>political reasons -- or locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken
>>nose and no phone access and twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in
>>the shower. That is when it matters who is President or Governor or Police
>>Chief. That is when you will wish you had voted." - Hunter S. Thompson
>>Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE!
>>List services made available by First Step Internet, serving the
>>communities of the Palouse since 1994. http://www.fsr.net
>> mailto:Vision2020 at moscow.com
>On the road to retirement? Check out MSN Life Events for advice on how to
>get there! http://lifeevents.msn.com/category.aspx?cid=Retirement
Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE!
More information about the Vision2020