You see, this is why we are here–our reason to be, if you will. We have seen this cycle for years with water, as well as other liquids coming out of nozzles like gasoline, for instance. Remember a couple years ago when gas prices went above $4.00 a gallon? People went out and used -gasp- public transportation, planned their trips for fewest miles possible and really thought about jumping in the car to go someplace they did not need to go. Or, there were the ones who got healthy riding a bike to work, maybe every day, maybe once a week. Oh, of course you remember–because it cost you more to drive–a lot more.
Then the prices came down, and everyone went gleefully back to buying SUVs that get 8 miles to a gallon and filling up at every opportunity–because “gas is cheaper now”. (How about now?) Besides, conservation is sooooooooooo boring isn’t it? Doing the right thing just because? Taking the light rail when you have that 550 HP beauty in the garage just begging to take you for a spin? Walking 12 steps extra to join a carpool? There are lots of places to leave your vehicle and share the ride with some pals. Bike trails and lanes are everywhere and the light rail is nice too. And, conservation of finite resources is not boring. Look at it as being responsible and caring because you can be–not because you have to.
This blog is a guide to water conservation, that is absolutely correct. We used the gasoline metaphor as an example everyone can relate to, perhaps easier than water (for now). But excessive waste of water and disregard for its true worth will cause problems in the not so distant future. HOWEVER, the good news is that we can be watersmart and control, to a huge extent, how much our water bills will be. We can conserve water and do this without sacrifice, while having a beautiful water efficient landscape to show off to the water-guzzling neighbors down the street. Then you can head down there and share some tips you’ve learned from us! You may end up with some very grateful neighbors. It just takes a little planning and thought–easy, we promise!
Here’s a great tip for earning your Blue Thumb: Go buy a good shut-off nozzle for the end of your hose and throw out the one that leaks like a seive and doesn’t really shut off–ever. There’s one shaped like the nozzle on a firehose with few moving parts and nothing to clog or break. Look for them! BUY ONE!