The fact that the City of Chicago has absolutely no water conservation ordinance absolutely astounds me. The fact that people take advantage of this fact and choose to water their grass ALL DAY LONG makes me want to barf. Sure, we are sitting on a giant stockpile of water – but that doesn’t mean we should exploit the fact. We are going through water like it is …um … something far less valuable than water.

There are two houses on the residential street by my work that I would like to direct this rant at. Both houses have their sprinklers out in full force all day long. One house uses so much water on their grass that more grass is starting to grow (in enormous tufts) from the cracks in the sidewalk. The other house is creating a stagnant water crisis that I inevitably end up having to step in.

We should be happy with the fact that we have exceedingly low water rates. In 2005, Chicago residents will be paying 97 cents per 100 cubic feet of water. Contrast that with Los Angeles, where residents will be paying $2.27 for the same amount of water. So, stop watering your grass! It is wasteful and sucks in more ways than you can imagine.

2 Comments so far

  1. greg (unregistered) on June 8th, 2005 @ 10:25 am

    hallelujiah! testify!

    at the very least, people should learn to water in the evening or at night, so the water has time to fully soak in before evaporating, like it would do in the hot sun.

    i think people are idiots and they believe that the grass is going to get too hot in the sun, so putting the sprinkler out will help keep it cool. personification of their lawns.

  2. katie (unregistered) on June 8th, 2005 @ 1:11 pm

    The neighbors next door would water their lawn on days when it was clearly going to rain. It’s a good thing they moved last week, because I was about ready to pick up the damn sprinkler and throw it at their window.

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