Water is not to be wasted in Monterey County. It is costly and scarce. Here’s a shot of our rain barrel after a downpour two days ago. It is full, filled by the runoff from the roof of our house. Drought tolerant plants are abundant in this area just as grass lawns are a rare sight. Some people have signs in their front yards that declare they use captured rain water—the stigma of wasting water runs deep.