I would like to comment on the letter to the editor about water diversion from the Shuswap lake.
While an expensive do-able, his idea is antiquated and destructive, again, on the environment as a whole. There is a better solution and that is;
(1) learn to use less water individually and as groups; ie: businesses and governmental projects, etc. For example; fewer showers and more attention to pits and parts for keeping one’s body fresh and agreeable.
Installing low-usage shower heads and toilets, keeping one’s taps from dripping, regular attention to plumbing in case of leaks, covering one’s property with plants that don’t require a lot of water in order to flourish and get rid of those great, green expanses of useless lawn we’re so fond of.
We could definitely grow out of that one with great advantage to our pocket books and the planet, not to mention the offensive nature of the summer-long roar of lawn mowers and weed whippers. Yes please, let us evolve past our school days “Dick & Jane” idea of what a nice yard should look like.
A space crowded with blossoming plants, bushes and trees that also bear fruit edible to the birds and beneficial insects would be a great improvement on behalf of our world. An old English garden is a great example of that type of property enhancement.
(2) Make better use of the water we do use; For example: Flush toilets. They are the greatest wasters of fresh water on the planet. There are toilets already available that are not expensive and quite efficient with their water usage. While they are not the very best solution out there, they are an improvement over the average household’s ever flushing system now in use.
However, a better toilet to replace the ones we now use is the electric dry flush toilet. Water usage there is almost non-existent and their upkeep is very simple. The user must simply empty a holding tray of dried matter on occasion which is easily tossed into the garbage or preferably, tossed onto the compost pile where it will be recycled eventually on behalf of the soil.
And hey! Here is a whole, new, cottage industry right there. Industrious individuals could set up an addendum to the garbage disposal industry and have a trap-line of squeamish customers who don’t want to look after their own little sewage traps under the toilets. He/she could combine it with a composting production and become wealthy on the public’s delicate sensibilities.
On behalf of these improvements, the government, with the support of we, the people, could offer a financial incentive that could be generous enough to entice the people to change over. I’m up for it. No problem. It’s a once-only, therefore low over-all expense to the public purse and an excellent solution to our present wastage and would have far-reaching benefits to our world.
Would someone in the governing sector please clasp this line of reasoning to your bosom and go with it? Please? Maybe I’ll join Avaaz and make it a public project. The rest of the world might join us. Maybe even the Green Party would make it one of their pets. Yes!
G.C. Robertson, Vernon