My Favorite Drought-Tolerant Plants for Southwest Landscapes

Contrary to what many people might think, the deserts of the American Southwest offer a kaleidoscope of colorful and interesting drought-tolerant plants with which to create a xeriscape. What is xeriscaping you ask? It’s a way of landscaping that focuses on water conservation through the use of native, drought-tolerant plants. The term comes from the Greek word “xeros,” which means dry, and the xeriscape philosophy is a perfect approach to water-efficient desert gardening. With… Read more »


As water continues to increase in price and become more scarce, water from your sprinkler landing on the side walk instead of the landscape or water running off the landscape onto the sidewalk is not tolerable. Water from sprinklers is often lost long before the water hits the ground.  Pop-up sprinkler heads have never been a very efficient way to water.  There are a variety of ways Read more »


Water bills are a challenge for most consumers to understand and getting more complicated.  If I ask someone who drives, what is the price of a gallon a gas they can respond in a few seconds and be relatively close to the exact amount they would pay at their local gas station.  If I ask the same person about the price of a barrel of oil sometimes they know, but if they are able to… Read more »

Conservation Saves More Than Just Water At Red Rock Country Club

The Red Rock Country Club and residential community is one of the prime places to live, golf, and enjoy in the Las Vegas area. With two Arnold Palmer signature courses, a clubhouse, spa, tennis facility and a wide array of luxury homes, the club and master-planned community is a big draw for Las Vegas residents and visitors alike.

The Conservation Challenge

Unfortunately, Red Rock was also a big… Read more »

10 Songs About Rain

Rain is an important step in the water cycle and the first step for proper water management of landscape irrigation.  For those living in warm dry regions it is hard to imagine growing crops or landscapes with just the rain water harvested from your geographic area.  According to the EPA, nationwide, landscape irrigation accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. The… Read more »

3 Reasons To Use Drought Tolerant or Native Plants

A native plant is one occurring naturally, in a given geography, without human involvement.  These are the plants growing on the landscape without the aid of humans.  This means they were not brought there intentionally or sometimes unintentionally.  Unfortunately we know sometimes people bring them by mistake and don’t think about the unintended consequences.  A drought tolerant plant does not have to been a native plant.  Drought tolerant plants are plants… Read more »

Desalination – A Foolproof Solution for Water Scarcity?

71% of the earth is covered by oceans and weekly I get the same question – Why don’t we just use ocean water to solve the water problems you keep talking about? Removing salt from water, especially ocean water in coastal communities is an option for solving our water issues.  Desalination is the process used to remove salt and minerals from seawater or brackish water (brackish water is less salty than sea water and more… Read more »

The Water Bond – 2014

We learned about water stocks and water banks so it just seems natural to make the next step to water bonds.  In this case specifically, the California Water Bond or as many people like to refer to it as – The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act.  The hope is with additional funding of $11 billion, residents of California can rest… Read more »

The Water Bank — Water For A Not So Rainy Day

Water banks have been operating for years now, but generally not known to anyone outside the water industry.  Thanks to a recent withdrawal by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California of 80,000 acre-feet from their water savings account in Lake Mead last year and the announcement of another withdrawal soon, (estimated to be twice as large as the last one) many people are now learning about and discussing water banks.

What is a water bank… Read more »

Severe Drought — H2 Uh Oh!

California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent State of Emergency Proclamation on drought conditions has focused attention on water scarcity and the need for efficient water use. Texas is also experiencing severe drought conditions.  Colorado, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have all felt the effects of drought recent years as well. The good news in all this bad drought news is there are still lots of basic, inexpensive ways… Read more »