With regard to the recent letter entitled, “Water consumption,” I find the writers concerns about water usage genuine, but the proposed solution both unrealistic and most probably unconstitutional.
First, the two points mentioned in the letter about multinational corporations buying water to resell as bottled water and the oil sands using water as part of the bitumen extraction process are both irrelevant to the issue at hand, which is the consumption of water in Vernon. Furthermore, with any amount of bottled water bought and used by a Vernon resident, is that same amount not taken from our local water supply.
And most of the water used in the extraction process by the oil sands is recycled water.
The solution proposed in that letter is for the city to somehow stop further development, as opposed to urging residents to reduce water consumption.
How exactly is the City of Vernon going to stop development? Ban people from moving to Vernon? Not constitutional. Ban builders from building new houses, or apartments or condominiums, or basement suits, etc.?
Besides the loss of direct construction employment and the millions of dollars in material purchases, etc., what would this accomplish?
Not very much. The net result would be a dramatic increase in the price of current homes and the cost of rent.
Vernon would become a nice little oasis for the very wealthy, but there is no reason that water consumption would be reduced.
The real solution is for the city to urge its residents to reduce water consumption. There is no need for any homeowner to have vast areas of perfectly green lawn surrounding their homes throughout the hot summer months.
There are many beautiful landscaping alternatives that require a tiny fraction of the water to maintain.
Here are some other methods to reduce water consumption:
n Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
n Take shorter showers.
One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, and then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
n Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
n Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.
Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.
n Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
There are many more ways to reduce consumption, but the idea is to get each resident to conserve a few gallons per day and then, multiplied by the number of residents, it quickly becomes millions of gallons per week.