Letter to the Editor
I have a question for those complaining about water meters. Should a household that conserves water pay the same water rate as those who consume considerable amounts? Is this just and fair?
In July, 2004, while living in Grand Forks, I wrote a letter to the Editor of the Gazette expressing my observations.
I timed the filling up my bathtub. It took five minutes. When observing my neighbour with two watering guns I calculated he was using the equivalent of 72 bathtubs of water for his morning ‘sprinkling’. This would be the equivalent of about 288 bathtubs per week on a patch of grass to keep it green – never mind household and vegetable-garden water.
Meanwhile, each week I was having maybe three showers (about one-and-a-half bathtubs of water) with sink-baths in-between; using about two bathtubs of water for dishes; one for laundry; two for cooking and drinking; and about three for flushing (when it’s yellow let it mellow). I didn’t water the lawn (let it go its natural course); hand-watered the vegetable garden; and a couple of times over the summer ran a drip hose overnight to the base of the fruit trees. This would amount to approximately 15 bath-tubs of water.
There’s a big difference between 15 and 288-plus bathtubs of water per week. Should both pay the same rate?
How selfish and spoiled many have become. Has anything changed in ten years?