Saturday, September 21, 2019

Everglades City offers free reclaimed water

Street light.

Street light.

The new street lights, towering over the palm trees in the median as you drive into town, have now been installed and inspected per Mayor Sammy Hamilton’s report at the August 3 City Council meeting. The Mayor also noted that Public Hearings for the Millage and Budget are scheduled for September 7 and 15. New playground equipment for toddlers has been added to McLeod Park on the Circle.

Afternoon thunderstorms that are typical this time of year have been scarce in our area this summer. Hopefully, August will be back to normal. We always look forward to the beautiful cloud build up and then the refreshing rain that follows. We need a good shower for our lawns, trees and shrubs. Although most of us try to practice xeriscape landscaping (meaning areas or plants designed specifically to conserve water or “dry landscaping”), we do appreciate a good soaking on our yards. In Everglades City we have the advantage of hooking into the City’s reclaimed water system whereby we can get

New equipment at park.

New equipment at park.

recycled water pumped directly into our sprinkler or drip lines for our lawns and trees. Initially, there are costs involved:  boring the pipe under the road (if one does not live directly on the main-line street), the purchase of the irrigation pipes, tubing, timers, etc., and the cost of labor (if you don’t have a handy husband around to do the digging). The re-used water from the City plant is free. This helps tremendously when the days are bright and sunny and there’s not enough rain to keep our lawns looking green. The timers for the various zones can be set at intervals on different days of the week, preferably during the late night / early morning hours. Enjoy a nice yard, rain or shine!

Our school camp program ended with a trip to Wannado City in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, August 6. The kids are now preparing for the school year to start on Monday, August 23. For more information about our area, check out the Mullet Rapper’s website:  www.evergladesmulletrapper.com.

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