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Brown is the new Green - Tips from your local Cloverdale Real Estate Specialists


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Blog by Bettina Reid | July 20th, 2015


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I returned from holidays last week to a very dirty car. As a business woman who is in her vehicle around the city meeting people and working with clients I pride myself on keeping my car fairly clean inside and out. In fact I would typically expect that of my staff as well, since we all transport clients in our cars from time to time.

But I cannot in good faith WASTE water to wash my car just so it LOOKS good….so if you see me around town in my unusually dirty car it’s because I am trying to do my part. If we all observed a little more how we use water maybe we can help to reduce our water consumption before we are forced into having no choice but to. (I started to write this blog yesterday and looks as though today stage 3 water restrictions are in place and now we are being forced into not washing our cars, houses, driveways, etc or watering our lawns. But then I come home today to sprinklers on in our community...very frustrating)

California has been going through some pretty sever drought situations for the last few years….Now British Columbia is starting to go down a very similar path. 

But I think most British Columbians think it couldn’t happen to us…..I came across this article, I don't imagine these people thought it could ever happen to them either: California drought

I’ve lived here for 10 years now and this past year has been pretty amazing weather wise, I can remember a few summers where we were lucky if the average temperature stayed above 20 and others where our winter rain seemed to carry into the summer. Last winter we had very little rain and our mountains got very little snow. As much as we all enjoyed the lack of rain part, that lack of rain and snow is having its impact on us now. 

I also remember a summer not too long ago where we went through a drought and ended up with brown water not recommended as drinking water. The way we seem to abuse one of our natural resources I imagine we are well on our way to that brown water again but my guess is it will hit us a lot sooner than last time and possibly last much longer if we don't all reduce our consumption. 

I am frustrated when I am out on my run in the morning to pass houses with green grass or worse to see their sprinklers on. Then even more so when I see the various complexes and buildings that have their sprinklers running, keeping their communities green. No matter how little the amount of water it is that they might be using, if together we added all of the water consumption for every community and residence that continues to ignore the fact that we may very soon be in a water crisis, if we added it all up and shut it off. It would surely bring our overall consumption down, hopefully enough to avoid or minimize the crisis in general. 

I am happy to see big corporations and companies taking a positive stance on water consumption:

My husband and I had to pick something up from Guildford town centre today and I was proud to see that even though they use recirculated water in their water features they have decided to shut them down to respect Metro Vancouver’s stage 2 of water restrictions. (Which as I mentioned above we are now in Stage 3)

Translink also announced yesterday that they too will do their part in reducing their consumption by not washing their buses everyday as they would normally. Even though they too use recirculated water to wash the buses, they use fresh water for the final rinse. For now unless they absolutely need to they will only be cleaning the interior of the buses each day and by doing this they will be conserving 30,000 litres of water a day.

Let's hope we can all reduce enough to keep us from falling into stage 4, I am not looking forward to that if it happens.

What will you do to help reduce your families water consumption????