Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wondering how this is going to work
I have made it pretty clear, in a number of posts on my blog, that I approve of water conservation. I was thrilled that the city where I live, which isn't exactly known for common sense, would instigate year round water restrictions. People can still water their lawns but until today, only on alternate days. Rather than making this a short term policy during the summer after water is limited, the policy was put in place for the whole year which I heartily agree with. The new wrinkle is that starting today, due to the severity of the drought, people are only allowed to water their lawns once a week. They still have me. I agree. No problem. Maybe this will help shift more people towards conservation minded landscaping. Save the water for food crops when it's in such short supply. What startled me, and set me wondering how it would work, is one of the penalties.After two fines, the city will cut the offenders water off. Surely I am missing something. Will the water ever get cut back on? Does this mean if you miss the notices plastered all over the place you have to move to another city because your town won't give you any more water. Don't get me wrong. I have very little sympathy for people ignoring the warnings and fines. I don't even water my lawn once a week, then again I've replaced my lawn with a wild garden which is coping pretty well. I've collected rain water when we have had the periodic showers. The showers haven't put a dent in the drought but have helped on a small scale, and the collected water has stretched it out a bit further in my garden. I still can't help wondering what will happen to people who have their water cut off. Since the worse offenders so far have been people on large estates with automatic irrigation systems, perhaps they'll move to a wetter climate.