After a summer of being ignored as I reminding the children that California is having a drought and we need to leave the water off, I decided to solve the water-misappropriation problems once and for all and replace the faucet with one that has a removable “key” (or you can use a flat-head screwdriver in a pinch).
Gavin installed the first one this afternoon by the back fence where the drip system was hooked up, we tentatively plan to install two more — one in the front, and one more in the back (that one maybe tricky as it has an extra valve or something).
The only downside to this, is that we’ve had to take down the timer for our drip system — it was set to run three early mornings a week for five minutes each time, just enough to keep things alive — but between the recent thunder storm and the regular ill-timed unapproved soakings the ground is soggy.
I’m not too worried about the plants: the dill, parsley and basil are supposed to go to seed/die at the end of the season, the herbs are hearty, the strawberries are a variety of low-water/neglect-tolerant California native, and the roses and crepe myrtle survived for nearly a year under the bank-owned regimen of do-nothing.
The drip controls will be dried out, cleaned up and set aside until spring when everything will be re-attached. We may need to reconfigure a few things to make the angles work, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to keep our wasteful water usage to a minimum.