Throughout this dry summer I’ve come to realize one thing. People care more about the greenness of their grass then they do about the environment. I do agree, we should all be trying to live a greener lifestyle, but I don’t think ensuring that our grass stays green during a dry spell is the right way to do so.
Throughout my own neighbourhood I saw dozens of houses watering their grass, during a hot sunny day. In some cases more than just grass was being watered as a good portion of water ended up making sure the hot asphalt stayed moist and I won’t even mention the people washing their cars, litres of water running down the driveway and into the street as soap was being applied to their cars.
That being said, watering during a hot day is extremely inefficient, up to 60% of the water evaporates. According to Environment Canada, here in Canada we are lucky to have some of the least expensive water costs in the world, even cheaper than our neighbours to the south. Still, only the USA has a higher per capita use of water. Other developed countries like France, Sweden, Germany and Italy all have lower per capita uses of water, but they get it at a much higher cost than we do. Yet at the end of the day they manage to live on their lives using less water. If they can, why can’t we? With an increasing world population and an inevitable increase in the demand for clean drinking water, it is unacceptable that we continue on this path of water wasting and mismanagement.
More than one of my professors at McGill University have stated that we aren’t at risk of not having enough water, we are at a risk of wasting water, mismanaging it and using it in the wrong places so that the needs of some won’t be met, while others will have the luxury of a clean car and green lawn, at least for now.