Record warm weather has dried up our April showers this spring, and climatologists who know say that our weather this spring is more like Tampa than Atlanta. Whether you attribute that to man-made global warming or the extra-human rhythms of a diffident G*d, it’s warmer and drier in East Cobb, and the dark predictions of long ago warning of days when drinking water would be more valuable than gasoline seem closer to reality than doom-saying.
Water use as public policy is a sticky wicket. Cobb and Cherokee have spent seven times what they projected for a reservoir project that isn’t yet online after 12 years of wrangling and construction. Politicians and oystermen and engineers from three states have been fighting over how much water Metro Atlanta should not use for decades now.
The latest move to add reservoirs to capture even more water north of ATL is only leading to more arbitration, injunction, and high dollar per hour legal angst. In Hall County the proposed Glades Reservoir is designed to accommodate an estimated 800,000 additional flushing and rinsing residents by the year 2060. And the likelihood is that everyone downstream will fight that reservoir until then.
- Don’t keep the water running while you brush your teeth. This seems obvious but old habits can die hard.
- It doesn’t take 20 gallons of water to wash your dirty dishes. Please wash them by hand with the sink plugged, or use your dishwasher. Doing both is borderline OCD and wastes a lot of water. Most current dishwashers are far more energy and water efficient than your by-hand efforts.
- Have your plumber check your pipes for leaks. A leaky toilet is a water wastrel, growling away in a far corner of your house.
- Consider collecting the gray water from your shower or bath for use on your garden. This creates your own water recycling loop.
- My dirty car is my own symbol of water conservation, as sure a sign that I don’t want to waste water as an Earth Day bumper sticker. And if you must wash and shine your pride and joy, don’t leave the hose on and running while you scrub.
- Last, but not least, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow.” Obviously East Cobb Patch readers are made up of polite company. But it’s important for all of you to know that when you flush away gallons of clean treated water to remove 10 ounces of urine from your commode you are wasting an enormous amount of water.