The city of Lacey water department sure is special
We just got a card from the City of Lacey Water Utility in the mail that really has me baffled (well, not really). they now have an odd/even outdoor watering schedule going through the summer months.
This really isn't all that strange, many communities around the country implement something similar during droughts. The thing is that we aren't in a drought! We actually had above average precipitation this year and there is still a deeper than average snowpack.
What has me confused, is that that really annoying development to the south of us had to get approval from the water district, verifying that they had enough water to serve all those new houses. In fact, just along Marvin Road there are probably over 5,000 houses in the various developments out there. All these had to be approved by the water district!
Now, if you drive around the area, you will probably notice that the majority of large green lawns are in the new developments. The older areas have a lot more native brush and tall trees. The older areas simply aren't the same sort of water users that the new developments are. The fact is that this rationing doesn't really impact me at all. My garden is on a drip irrigation system, and there is no way they could find out that I am not following their schedule. Hell, if a third person moved into the house, they would use more water than the drip system.
Oh yeah, in addition to the annoyance of getting told that we are on a form of water rationing, the water district competing with Tumwater and Olympia to try and get the water rights from the closed down Olympia Brewery. Doesn't that sound like a water utility that should be saying that they have plenty of water for new construction?
Yet another reason that I would like to move to a good size plot of land with it's own water supply.