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Opinion

September 29, 2013

Sprinkle sparingly, conserve water

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NORMAN —

The plan is simple; no watering on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays for a total of 157 days of no watering. Homes with odd numbered addresses water on Mondays and Thursdays and those with even numbered addresses water on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Granted, this proposed system would reduce the total number of days that citizens could use sprinkler systems in their yards and gardens by 23 to 29 days compared with the city’s plan, but that is precisely the point of a water conservation plan. Like the city’s plan, the alternate system would also encourage deeper watering which is well known to be the better strategy for maintaining a healthy root system in most grasses used in lawns.

Thus, it is likely that fewer days of watering might encourage longer watering times for some homeowners, which would reduce the overall water saving potential of a conservation plan, but that would hold true for any plan that restricts days of watering.

As a final note, while it is unfortunate that the laws of the State of Oklahoma do not allow for government regulation of ground water use on private lands, other than the permitting of drilling, the city should encourage homeowners in the city with private wells to observe the same watering plan as the homeowners who lack private wells—a noble gesture of neighborly solidarity.

Equally important, however, while different laws govern different water bodies, ground water aquifers and surface waters in our streams and reservoirs are all inextricably linked within the same hydrological cycle.

Therefore, conservation of ground waters will have equally beneficial impacts as conservation of surface waters.

Dave Hambright

Norman

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