Visitors need reminders the West is coping with a severe drought |

Visitors need reminders the West is coping with a severe drought

We just had visitors from Florida stay for a week of skiing.

Taking 30 minute showers bothered me, but when a woman turned on the kitchen faucet and let it pour full force while she walked around wiping the counters, and stopped to talk some more while precious water went down the drain – I lost it.

I ran to the sink and shut off the water. I cupped my hand under the last few drops and drank those drops. She laughed and apologized explaining that she forgot where she was.

 Many visitors have no real understanding of what we are going through trying to conserve water. I feel that late next summer when it is really hot, the only water we will have at this altitude will be bottled. No more showers.

If all of our lodging and tourist guest services would leave a little reminder in the bathrooms and by the kitchen faucets that we are expecting this drought to get worse before it gets better, maybe we have a chance.

I know that when I have visited drought-stricken places like Hawaii, I have conserved. They can’t drink the water that surrounds the islands. They must get it from the rains in the mountains, like we do.

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