Water times too rigid



I think most people in Sechelt try to play by the SCRD’s rules, but they certainly don’t make it easy. Now that we’ve hit “acute” Stage 3 very early, we are told we’re allowed to water our trees, shrubs, flowers one hour a day max. But the SCRD has decreed that it has to be between 7 and 8 a.m.

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That just doesn’t work for a lot of people. For example, those who work and/or have kids to get off to school don’t have time to water then. Why should their gardens die because they can’t water at the only allowable time? Maybe the SCRD in their “efforts” to save water are banking on the fact that many people are not able to water between 7 and 8 a.m.

Let’s be fair here; why not just say that we are allowed to water a maximum of one hour a day? For most people the convenient time would be in the evening – it’s also the best time to water a garden.

I don’t even use my one-hour a day allotment. I water different areas for maybe half an hour every other day, using the prescribed watering methods (including using saved bath and shower water). So I’m doing my part in trying to conserve water, but I’m damned well going to water my garden when it works for me.

The SCRD had better fix this ridiculous drought-in-a-rainforest problem soon or they might be facing an angry mob – many of them seniors – wielding pitchforks, garden shovels and dead plants.

Cecilia Ohm-Eriksen, Sechelt

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