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OK, here's a question. It looks like we're moving to Santa Fe next year, where there's somewhat of a water shortage. Is it feasible still to cloth diaper? What should I do? I can't imagine sposies are BETTER, but I don't know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
Also, there's a chance we may be moving to an area with well water. DH said if we do I may not be able to CD <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> I was SO upset. Anyone know if this is true, or have experience CDing w/well water?<br><br>
Thanks. I'm going to be devastated if we have to stop CDing.
 

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Meribeth~ I don't think the extra laundry affects water usage that much. Watering lawns uses more water imo and that would probably be the first restriction before household water, kwim? Will you have restrictions on how much water you can use?<br><br>
I don't see why you couldn't use well water for diapers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: You would still use it for laundry right? You could just add Calgon water softner to each load.
 

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I started cding when we lived at MILs and she uses well water. No problems at all. BTW, he well water is soft so test it before adding Calgon.<br><br>
Do they place water limits in Santa Fe or are you just asked to conserve?
 

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Who was it, Consumer Reports actually concluded that is was better for the environment to use sposies in areas w/water shortages???!!!<br><br>
Front loading washer!!!<br><br>
I assume your husband is concerned about using too much water, not the quality.<br><br>
I do see how a well could be a limiting factor if it has a slow flow rate/rate of replenishment. We had a well like that in Romulus, NY. One way around that problem is to have a large storage tank that the well can fill slowly so you have a "reservoir" from which you can make a sizable withdrawl w/o bottoming out the well, which is extremely yucky b/c the water becomes muddy, and I think that might put a lot of wear and tear on the pump.<br><br>
Here in MI, our well had a terrific flow rate and we NEVER even came close to runnning it too low.<br><br>
So, I certainly would not rule out CD due to water concerns until you actually evaluate your situation.
 

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We have a well and have cd'ed since Ian was 5 mos old with no problems. When your well runs dry, which ours did once (nothing to do with diaper laundry, actually was prekids), they just redig elsewhere, so far as I know. I don't see how they could impose laundry restrictions. When we had drought conditions here in PA, lawn watering and pool filling and car washing and stuff like that was asked to be limited and then one summer, restricted, but never laundry!
 

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We have a well, and no problems! I also have a Maytag Neptune washer which uses something like 18 gallons of water per load, as compared to something like 80 for the average washer. So, even with a rinse, heavy duty cycle, and second rinsing cycle, I'm still using less that 1 average cycle in a regular washer. If your dh is still concern, maybe you could get a front loader. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good luck!<br>
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we have well water with a septic tank..<br><br>
I have been told to get a front loading washer as they use less water then a reg washer (but,they cost like 4 times the price)<br>
We do have a reg washer and no problems.<br><br>
The well water gives us no problems... could it have been you are getting a septic and he is worried about flooding your yard with water? We have never had it happen.. but, I can tell you the grass is greener were my leach field runs, LOL...<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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My parents have well water, and it is just fine. Yes, the alfalfa does grow higher where the leach field is!<br>
Obviously, if he is concerned about the well running dry, you should always do full loads, don't have long showers, etc. Really, domestic water isn't the problem. It's watering the lawn and gardens that takes a lot of water.
 
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