Today a plumber installed a new outdoor spigot at our house. The old one was buried behind the steps to the deck, close to the driveway, and not at all handy for future garden watering. This one is on the other side of the deck, close to where we are imaging planting fruit trees and other food crops. It makes me happy to see it there, all ready to use.
Before we installed it the spigot, we had to research what material to use for the piping–copper, PVC or PEX. We chose copper because the PVC varieties and PEX piping seem more hazardous with leaching that puts chemicals into the water. This article was very helpful. Since this spigot will be watering our food, we want it to be as non-toxic as possible.
It is also attached to a submeter we purchased from the Portland Water District. Our sewer bills are computed based on the volume of our water usage, and with a submeter, the water that is going into the ground (rather than the sewer) won’t be used to compute the sewer bill. So spending the money for the submeter now should eventually save us money in the long run. Now all we have to do is contact the city for an inspection, and we’ll be good to go.
(Except we won’t be planting gardens until next year.)