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If you have been reading my blog posts, you will know that I live in a very small town called Roletto, in the province of Turin, Italy.
Due to the fact that it is a very simple community, our possible future crisis is simple as well, or at least you have certainly heard about it in different contexts or situations. Since many people who live here are farmers, a great crisis they might encounter is that the wells and sources of water dry out during the summer. As a matter of fact, this already happened in the past, ruining the "local harvest".
As you can imagine, when these sort of things happen in a small town such as mine, all the citizens immediately hear the news, so it would be quite superfluous to spread the voice among us, since we already know what is going on. Plus, it would be equally superfluous, and some might also consider it inappropriate, to ask help to the other towns, since the water is used just to wet the backyards and eventual vegetable gardens.
It happens to be the case that I have a backyard, and a vegetable garden. I remember that in the year 2007 a great drought took place, and as a result of it my grass was all burnt and the vegetables would not grow.
Anyway, we learnt to help each other out, without any complicated platform such as the Ushahidi one. To make sure that such a local disaster will not happen again, we decided among us that we would rationalize the water present in the natural sources when a drought is taking place.
For example, one could use the water in the morning, while his neighbor could use it in the evening, so that the source has time to fill up again. Or we all made sure not to abuse of the water, by using only the strict necessary.
This great collaboration among us saved our necks last summer.

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Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 19, 2010 at 5:22pm
but what happens if more people/ with backyards and gardens come to live in roletto, or the drought becomes severer?
Comment by Ursula Kochanowsky on April 19, 2010 at 6:44pm
Get rid of the lawns, learn xeriscapeing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeriscaping Free that water for something else.
Collect local rainwater by digging swales. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swale_(geographic_feature)

Good luck!
Comment by Ursula Kochanowsky on April 19, 2010 at 6:46pm
Sorry for the bad second link.. use the wh*** thing including the words in parentheses.
Comment by Nathaniel Fruchter on April 19, 2010 at 11:52pm
It's always nice to hear about how well people can manage without technology sometimes. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Giuseppe Giovanni Calvi on April 20, 2010 at 7:48pm
For A.V. Koshy:
No, I don't think so. It always depends on how much water the single individual uses.

For Ursula:
Thanks for your links. I like the idea about collecting rainwater.

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