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I have been trying to do my part conserving water. I use the days specified by EID. I use a bucket in my shower. I am saving the water I use to boil certain foods to use to water my plants. I use low-water loads with my laundry. And I load my dishwasher to the brim until I turn it on then use the short wash cycle. I turn water off while in the shower and brushing teeth. Also I have bricks in toilet for lower-water flow. I know this isn’t much but I do what I can.
Yet I continually see water sprinklers going like crazy at businesses. One day a sprinkler at a business was going all day long and the water was going down the street like crazy. It was set to sprinkle shrubs in the parking lot. My husband witnessed cleaning their parking lot by hosing it off. This is not a business where the parking lot gets dirty with grease or oils. There are other places in our area where the ground cover and shrubs are sprinkled everyday. I have witnessed these things.
Yet I know someone with an orchard whose water was turned off with no notice to them. Because of the way the water is piped, the water in their residence also was off. One historic ditch in our area was also turned off with no notice to the residents of the area who use the water for their livestock and residences.
I visited Hawaii this year and they are very big on conservation. I stayed in nice hotels. They have notices in the rooms about their appreciation for their natural resource so they ask us to place towels in certain areas if we want to reuse them. This is also true of the sheets. What a great idea, but we don’t do this in our state.
Also I cannot tell you how many restaurants I go to where they just automatically bring me a big glass of water. Perhaps some people are not doing their share, but why not make businesses to their part?
I realize the State Water Board is putting the crunch on counties, but I think there is lot that can be done with businesses before they penalize the average resident who already pays enough for the water.
ANN H. HENNESSEY