Posted by: harrisandyou | March 31, 2014

In My Little Town

I live in California.  Yes we have a serious drought going on.  The town I live in has taken the drought to the extreme.  The Water District has mandated the residents a certain amount of units of water that you are allowed to consume for 2 months.  The amount is not large and it is based on how many live in your home.  If you go over the amount you are seriously penalized with additional fees.

I am all for saving water and protecting natural resources however these restrictions are a hardship on the residents.  They, the politicians of my town, are wanting to limit growth and to flex their power.  It is taking a toll on the residents.  

I have a neighbor that walks out of her house every morning to look at her water meter almost every morning.  She checks to see what numbers the meter has registered from the water she has used to wash clothes, wash dishes, wash herself, cook and clean.  She lives alone so she has the least amount of units.  It does not matter the square footage of her home, she is the only one living in her home and therefore she will only be allotted the minimum amount of units.

I have heard from some residents that they have turned off their toilets and are using the collected shower water to flush their toilets. This is a great way to reuse the water that you collect in your shower.  The water collected from sinks is used to water yards because we are not allowed to water yards unless it is non-potable water.  Some residents have removed plants for more drought resistant plants, rocks and other miscellaneous items that do not require much water.

I really do not want to go back in time and use outhouses.  We are in the 21st century but here in my little town it may not look like it.  Pretty soon I may be putting in a well filled with wishes for water!Image



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