Life on the Island: Water conservation and backyard wells

This week’s Life on the Island, the column I write for the Alameda Journal, is about water conservation and, too, the possibility of backyard wells for keeping lawns and gardens hydrated

Past “Life on the Island” columns
July 22, 2008: Out and about on a home-town date
July 15, 2008: Changes in school leadership offers new opportunities
July 8, 2008: Alameda Journal”Getting an education in civics
July 1, 2008: Soaking up life on the Bay
June 24, 2008: Alamedans get back to basics to save environment
June 17, 2008: Fear can limit the joys of childhood
June 10, 2008: Never underestimate the power of one
June 3, 2008: Paying the price to have good schools
May 27, 2008: A civil rights issue in our time
May 20, 2008: What’s cooking in the hot weather?
May 12, 2008: When a man needs a cave
May 5, 2008: Enjoying that small-town feel
April 28, 2008: Support of tax teaches lesson
April 21, 2008: New garage can be a good habit
April 14, 2008: When the earth shakes, duck
April 7, 2008: Snails, ants, lice and light brown apple moths


  • http://www.casadecrepit.com Ayse

    I worry about wells, especially a lot of wells. The water underground is important to preserving our tall trees. On islands like Alameda, there’s a lens of fresh water that keeps out the saltwater, but if we drain that lens (and on years like this we could easily do that if everybody drilled a well), our fine oaks and other big trees will be killed by an inflow of saltwater.

    I’d be happier if the city became more liberal about greywater systems for irrigation. I’d also like to see more groundwater recharge instead of storm drainage (putting water into the ground rather than into the bay). Then drilling wells would be less risky.