Wasting water is a horrible ethic; break out the broom to clean pavement
I’m writing this letter from the shop where I’ve been working in for the past six months. For the last two hours I’ve been watching a building manager in Breckenridge pressure wash our parking lot. This is very disheartening, as anyone who lives in the area knows about the drought.
The irony of this situation is I have no vested long-term interest in this community or state. At the end of this month I’ll be leaving Breckenridge, and my concerns with this drought will be suffered from a long distance; if at all.
I’m as much a gaper as any of the tourists who are complained about so frequently in this publication. My drive to work is a daily jaw-dropping experience. So this makes me ask myself, “How could anyone who lives here permanently be so careless with the environment in which they live?”
I’m no hippie, and I’d be a liar if I called myself an avid environmentalist, but that doesn’t make me ambivalent. I feel my concerns are shared with the vast majority of people who live in Summit County, and the rest of Colorado; be it long- or short-term.
And for those who argue for the water-wasting pressure washer: The last building manager of this complex was able to keep the parking lot clean without the use of water before water conservation became an issue in this state. She used a broom.
Currently, Breckenridge has a volunteer water restriction. Next week the town council will be meeting with public works officials to discuss this summer’s water usage and possible ordinances that will be implemented.
If members of the community continue to use this resource to clean driveways, we don’t have to worry about volunteer restrictions or enforcing a new ordinance because there won’t be any water to worry about.
So, next time you see someone in your community being impudent to the water situation, try to point them in the right direction. Hand them a broom.
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