Xeriscaping with efficient irrigation can be attractive while using very little water.
courtesy of David A. Bainbridge
Some cities now make recycled wastewater available, often in magenta-colored pipes to prevent cross connection. This water is usually suitable only for landscaping but when treated to a higher standard can be used for agricultural crops.
“Gardening with Less Water,” by David A. Bainbridge, illustrates step-by-step instructions to install buried clay pots and pipes, wicking systems, and other porous containers that deliver water directly to a plant’s roots with little to no evaporation. These systems are available at hardware stores and garden centers; are easy to set up and use; and work for garden beds, container gardens, and trees.