After a conversation at a 4th of July party, I've been pondering. None of the dinner guests agreed on what was allowed and what wasn't. So, I thought I'd see if there was a concensus on this forum.
Lawn watering seemed relatively clear. But why do people think there is an on-going exemption for new sod? There is nothing on the web site that suggests this is OK. (I refer to http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Utilities/Home.htm. And why should there be an exemption for work started more than a year after the restrictions went into effect?
Watering beds at any time is OK if you use a hand held hose or soaker hoses or drip irrigation. Most people I know have commercially installed irrigation systems that run on timers - in their beds as well as their lawns. It doesn't drip; it sprays. And it frequently isn't low impact/low pressure either. I thought the whole point was that spray systems were not water wise. What about the self-installed systems that were a recent source of discussion and compliments on this forum? They are drip systems only in that they contained some drip emitters, but the poster installed sprinklers among the emitters. Are these systems OK at any time? What is preferable about these systems over a low impact portable sprinkler that you move about in the beds? Is a portable sprinkler used in shrub/flower beds allowed or not?
It could be that I am trying too hard to make this rational and the real point is to discourage mindless lawn watering. If so, help me get with the program. Some rules may be better than no rules even if they are silly or unenforceable. But I was pretty shocked that neighbors set the timers for sprinklers in beds to run all night starting at 1:00 am.