Using less water
For many in this province, the concept of wisely using the water that runs from our taps is foreign. Many believe the supply is inexhaustible, since our rugged landscape is dotted with thousands of bodies of fresh water, large and small.
In truth, we are blessed when it comes to water. And it’s likely that most of us take this life-giving resource for for granted.
We flush our water-hungry toilets without a second thought, let the shower run far longer than necessary, leave our garden sprinklers on overnight to oversaturate the front lawn, and wash our vehicles to a brilliant shine as often as possible.
To say we have thirsty lifestyles would be an understatement, and it’s not hard to find misuse and abuse. In fact, it’s well-known that most municipalities in this province use far more water than is necessary, either through porous infrastructure or outright wastefulness.
But it’s time we learn to do more with less, and we only need to look at the situation in Bay Roberts to see why.
With water levels at their lowest in many decades, homeowners and businesses have been advised to avoid any non-essential use. It’s resulted in the closure of a commercial car wash, delayed the opening of the Bay Arena, and even impacted the training practices of the local fire department.
It’s all thanks to a growing population, one of the driest summers in recent memory, and a unique threepond supply system that obviously needs some attention.
Despite the fact we pay far less than most worldwide to have water delivered to our taps, it’s the latest proof that water is not a free good, and the more we abuse it, the more it will cost. According to Environment Canada, we are second only to the United States when it comes to average daily domestic water use.
So expect to hear very soon that Bay Roberts will have to invest significant capital into its water system to avoid similar shortages in the future.
But in the meantime, we should all make an effort to use water wisely. It’s not enough to simply hope for rain.