How much are we using? How does it compare to other uses? Do we have the right to it? All of these questions and more have been directed at us, and I will attempt to answer them here.
On our 41.3 acre parcel of land, we have been adjudicated a certain amount of water through the State water courts. so we have the rights to use a specific amount of water for agricultural use. We meter our wells and are subject to monitoring and fine, consequently, we are more cognizant of our water consumption than the average Black Forest citizen.
Some interesting comparisons:
Our greenhouse uses approximately the same gallons of water per day as:
40 cows or
80 horses or
2.5 houses or
8 ponderosa pine trees
- We use the same amount of water in one week as it takes to water 1 hole of a golf course for 1 day.
-It takes the same amount of water for us to produce 104 tons of tomatoes as it does to produce 1 ton of alfalfa. We could either produce enough tomatoes to satisfy the yearly consumption of 9000 americans or enough alfalfa to feed 1 horse for 3 months.
Currently we anticipate using 200,000 gallons of water per year on our tomatoes. We will be monitoring the water closely as we continue down this path. Over all we have 3 acre feet allotted to the greenhouse, and we will be well within that mark.