Day’s Verse:
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13b-14

During the one month of dry weather we’ve enjoyed this summer, Ian and I intentionally neglected to water our lawn. We may live in the ‘burbs in a 2,000-square-foot single-family residence; we may own a car and drive it on a regular basis; we may purchase non-local, non-organic foods; we may have a hot tub and firm plans to enjoy it all winter; but we took a stand when it came to watering our lawn. Not only is watering an unconscionable waste of good, potable water that other humans need, but (more selfishly) we’d also have to pay for that water and some way of dispensing it broadly across the grass. Plus we would then have had to mow frequently, adding a fairly big, hot, and unpleasant chore to our regular list.

Not watering a lawn has, in fact, a perfect storm of reasons not to do it. In this case, laziness, stinginess, and environmentalism to hand-in-hand. It’s practically a match made in heaven!

Now, of course, it’s started raining and the grass has staged an almost miraculous recovery. Looks like we’d better not put that lawn mower away for the season yet.

PS – I’d like to point out that Washingtonians get 20% of their energy from coal. We have lots of other renewable resources — wind, water, wood, and geothermal all spring to mind — that should make coal moot. I suggest that if you’re a Washingtonian, you check out this page.

2 thoughts on “Why We Don’t Water

  1. My grandmother used to put a bucket or two under the facet while waiting for shower/bath water to heat up (cold water to become hot) and would then use that water to water plants, etc. I could imagine a 5 gallon bucket would be filled in no time that way and you could do two things with your water that way.

    Just a handy tip.

  2. Hmm, that’s a really good idea. I try to reuse water whenever I can… Maybe we can get some 5 gallon buckets and see about making that happen.

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