GINTA – Why we ought to take another look at our water consumption habits

(Image: Daniela Ginta)

IF YOUR SUMMER fun includes going to the beach, on the shores of either the South or North Thompson Rivers, you likely noticed the receding water line over the last few weeks, more so on the first.

From one day to the next, the river grows thinner and shallower.

There is enough river still for people to swim in and paddle, enough for dogs to play fetch, and even for motorized water vehicles, if that’s your flavour, but that is not good enough.

The summer has been hot and dry, which means that those of us who wanted their lawns green and lively had to increase the water usage to keep the green going. How much more could that account for, you may wonder?


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2 Comments on GINTA – Why we ought to take another look at our water consumption habits

  1. Pierre Filisetti // September 5, 2017 at 6:36 AM // Reply

    I would cheer on water restrictions in a heart beat.
    But then consider the wasteful water licenses given out to alfalfa farmers (nothing is more environment stressful and wasteful than read meat production by the way) or all the perfectly manicured and mostly empty playing fields (been to the Tournament Capital ranch?) surrounding us and you did mention the school fields.
    The City’s mower got even stuck recently while mowing near the highway interchange at the top of Columbia Street because there is that much water in the ground!
    All those things have been brought up before…the “authorities” are or should be aware so is City council and mayor.
    They are abdicating responsibility and that in itself is a very serious problem.

  2. Bill Hadgkiss // September 4, 2017 at 11:04 PM // Reply

    Thanks for the discussion regarding water. Green lawns can still be green if they are not mowed so short. Let the poor grass shade the soil it’s growing in. Longer grass is nicer to walk barefoot in, play in and lay down and watch the clouds from. I have a green lawn and it gets irrigated once a week and if it rains the water from the roof goes on the grass. My latest bill from our city is for 0 to 90 m3 for $34.17. I used 18 m3 and end up paying $1.90 for each m3 instead of $0.38 that the wasters end up paying. Four bills per year. For how many years is the city going to continue to be unfair to those it says it wants to encourage?

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