Though hardly an elegant solution, if people don’t want to watch their trees, plants, flowers and lawns die due to the restrictions in place with the water ban, St. John’s Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth says they are welcome to avail themselves of Quidi Vidi Lake as a temporary water supply.
The water ban has been in place since July 9th and affects the City of St. John’s, the City of Mount Pearl, the Town of Paradise, the Town of Conception Bay South and Portugal Cove/St. Phillip’s.
While water levels at the Bay Bulls-Big Pond water supply have continued to drop since the ban, the decrease has been slowing. That being said, the current level is just 3/4 of a foot away from matching the record set in 2004 of 22 feet.
As the Quidi Vidi option shows, there are solutions available for coping with the ban. While it certainly seems like an investment needs to be made in improving our current water supply and management system, no doubt some of the onus must also fall on we, the citizens, to improve as well.
Simple things like not leaving the water running while you brush your teeth can have an impact. You could even do a similar thing while showering — do you really need to have all that water pouring down while you lather up your hair and your body?
It’s common practice in many big cities for people to only flush for number two.
There are lots of things you can do, including setting up a gray water system in your home (something perhaps the City could offer some incentive towards people doing), that can ease the burden on our water supply and help make you a more responsible water consumer.