Saturday, March 22, 2008

Implement hose pipe ban now!

With regard to the Jordan Times article on emergency measures to counter the country's water deficit .... I feel they are overlooking the obvious. For years, water has been wasted by us the citizen and nothing is done about it. Thousands of people continually hose down the streets and the pavements in front of their homes, hose down our cars practically every day, hose down the pathways and the garage areas inside the garden, and hose down neatly trimmed grass lawns daily, particularly in West Amman, simply because we can. The Munipality continues to sow grass seeds here and there and plants cement and stone everywhere with water runoff wasted.

We also continue to build five star hotels here and there (fabulous water wasters), real estate development that we don't need and our agricultural system is hardly in tune with the country's dire situation.

Shouldn't we be switching to 'permaculture'?

Just when is our illustrious government going to implement a hose pipe ban and enforce it, starting with educational awareness programmes in schools. Not only does this cost nothing, but the government stands to win with the issuing of fines for illegal hose usage! We may even get an unexpected bonus - a more civically conscious and responsibile society. J

PS - and another tip .... ban construction licences for one year and let's see what happens!


Anonymous kinzi said...

Hear hear!! Makes me a little crazy to see rivers running down the street of one house when one person uses a blasting hose to wash one car.

And that Abdali buildign project! So WHERE is the water supposed to come from????? "If we build it rain will come???"

Saturday, March 22, 2008  
Blogger joladies said...

yes. And look and see what Melbourne is doing and the harsh penalties they hand out. Like the driving we need enforcement! I do my best and never run the tap whilst brushing my teeth and try to economise as much as poss but it is so frustrating to see others just using with water with such abandon. T

Saturday, March 22, 2008  
Blogger YFA said...

I totally agree and would go even further and say more restrictions are needed. Maybe a tiered water bill, if that is not already happening. If you use above a certain amount, then you pay a premium. Are you charged sewer rates as well? On our bills, we get charged for the runoff of the water we use, even if it's for watering the lawn, and that rate is double the water meter rate.

Saturday, March 22, 2008  
Blogger MommaBean said...

I've actually been considering using gray water for some of these purposes (you know saving the bath water to water plants and wash the car and the like). The types of extreme measures they were doing in my homestate this year because of the drought (they get 60" of rain a year, roughly spread equally across all the seasons). As you can imagine, although they were down 20", thy still got 40! And they had bans on watering lots and such.

Saturday, March 22, 2008  

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