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The Green Debate: Why should I conserve water at home?

TracthomesI know this is heretical, but here’s the truth: I have no desire to conserve water in my home.

Why? Because when I sacrifice and struggle and change my habits and compromise my life to save water, what will happen? The developers and politicians will immediately approve more housing tracts as far as the eye can see.

And the numbers are large: the Pacific Institute think tank estimates that if all traditional washing machines in California were replaced with the more efficient models, the savings could amount to 33 billion gallons of water a year.

That’s enough water, the report states, to provide for the total household needs of more than 600,000 Californians annually.

And you can be sure that if we all spent more than $1,000 for front-loading and water-saving washing machines, then new housing for 600,000 more Californians would soon be on the way. In my opinion, there are already more houses in Southern California than this arid region, and the infrastructure, can realistically sustain.

Or, if I struggle to conserve water, the farmers, who really should be changing their irrigation methods to save way more water than we residents ever could, will put off investing in those changes.

So why should I forgo my therapeutic baths and my sweet patch of lawn and the graceful elm tree that enjoys a summertime drink of water just so more houses can get built?

I know, I know, building creates jobs for the construction industry, and I’m sympathetic to that. But maybe those workers and company owners will need to move their efforts to areas that want and can sustain growth, or maybe find other lines of work.

Am I unpatriotic? Immoral? Purely ignorant? I apologize for all that, but giving up my luxurious hot baths to make way for more development is just not logical.

What do you think?

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