Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Water Rant

So here's my latest rant, for those of you listening. Now that Nehi is almost back to her regular walking schedule, I am struck every morning and night by multiple pet peeves- all revolving around water.
We're in the middle of one of the worst droughts in over fifty years. And yet, there is only ONE other house in my neighborhood that has a rain barrel. But, every morning Nehi and I have to walk into the middle of the street to avoid the sprinklers. Sprinklers on auto timers, running for over an hour in the morning. Let's just gloss right over the obscene waste of water, and instead talk about the ridiculousness of watering in the morning- where the sun will scorch your plants and that it's not nearly as effective as watering at sundown when it's cooler, and has all night to soak into the soil.
And this leads me to the next major pet peeve- do you know why these sprinklers have to run in the first place? Because rather than plant clover, or native, drought resistant grass, these shmucks have put down sod. At the beach, which for those of you paying attention is a BIG FRAKKING SAND DUNE!
I will be the first to admit that I am perhaps, a little more environmentally conscious than some, due to how my Mom raised me. But this seems like a no brainer. How can these people NOT see the awful waste of this? Clover lawns are prettier and easily sustained because it's a weed! Rain barrels easily provide enough water for potted plants. If you MUST water multiple plants/trees in your landscaping, then that's also an easy fix. Buy a long lengh garden hose, hook it up to your water, then take a nail, amd everywhere you have a plant or tree, push the hose close and then use a nail to poke a hole in the hose. Nice, easy, water conservative watering.
It's so easy to take these steps, and cheaper, and I simply can't fathom why, in this day and age, there are people that are still so blind to the environmental impact of their thoughtless actions.

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