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Water Use

Before we talk about how water should be used and can be conserved here at the garden, please take a moment to watch this excellent video about ollas, an ancient irrigation technique to help you save water (use up to 70% less water in fact!) while keeping your plants healthy. It's quite enlightening!

The Community Garden has 3 Water Sources; the hand pump, the rain water tanks, and the city water tap. We would like to ask that you use them in that order and only use city water when the well water and rain water tanks are exhausted or in use by other garden members as outlined in your Membership Agreement.

Hand Pump

The well water hand pump is located over next to the Composting. You may need to "prime the pump" by dumping a little water from the city tap on it first. After that, you should be good to go! This "well water" has been tested and is a perfectly acceptable water resource for watering garden plots.

Water Tank

The garden has two rain harvesting water tanks, that are filled from water that drains of the nearby school roofs.

City Water Tap

The City Water tap should be used last, after the well water hand pump and rain harvesting water tanks are exhausted or in use by other garden members.

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The Monroe County Health Department reminds the public to drain standing water in and around properties, especially after rainfall and watering lawns and landscapes, as a means of preventing dengue, a virus that can be contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Learn more...



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