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Vancouver Water Shortage Prompts Drought-Shaming
The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Jul. 27, 2015

Posted on 07/27/2015 1:06:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway

If all else fails, there’s always drought shaming.

After the Metro Vancouver area issued Stage 3 water restrictions last week, perturbed residents have turned to social media to publicly shame local water wasters.

It’s the first time the area has imposed the Stage 3 restrictions since 2003, which limits people to watering flowers, vegetables and trees by hand – no sprinklers or hoses.

Reservoirs levels have already dropped to 69 per cent in the region – lows that don’t usually come until August.

Bylaw officers have received neighbour complaints and are issuing written warnings and $250 fines for offenders, but some people still aren’t following the rules.

Hashtags such as #BCdrought and #grassholes have taken hold on social media. A Facebook group called Grassholes was also started, giving people an unofficial place to report residents who aren’t obeying the restrictions.

The City of Vancouver also has an app that allows residents to report people they believe are abusing the restrictions.

(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: bc; britishcolumbia; vancouver
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1 posted on 07/27/2015 1:06:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

How about just charging more for the water?


2 posted on 07/27/2015 1:09:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

Drought-shaming is what we municipal authorities do when we cannot figure out how to uphold our responsibility to supply enough water for our population.

The reason we can’t supply enough water is mainly because doing so would cost a lot of money, and these high costs would make it more difficult for us to use taxpayer dollars to continue buying votes from dependent constituencies.

These votes are necessary to keep our asses ensconced in cushy government-paid jobs we don’t really have the skills to perform.


3 posted on 07/27/2015 1:13:41 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Vote GOP: A Slower Handbasket)
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To: Steely Tom

Well in the U.S. no one higher up has the brass to say, we don’t have enough (California) .


4 posted on 07/27/2015 1:18:12 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: nickcarraway

Only a liberal controlled city in a north American rain forest could suffer a water shortage.

Liberals should be caged.


5 posted on 07/27/2015 1:24:58 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” - Milton Friedman


6 posted on 07/27/2015 1:26:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Indeed.


7 posted on 07/27/2015 1:27:50 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: nickcarraway

Most water is used by industry and agriculture. Going full Nazi on households is irrational.


8 posted on 07/27/2015 1:28:43 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: nickcarraway

A friend of mine up there said that the water shortage was enough to send the local loony neighbor over the edge. After haranguing a neighbor for watering her flowers, which is still allowable a couple of times a week, he came back that night and spray-painted her garage with “Don’t Waste Water!” It didn’t take long for the cops to snag, tag and bag this guy.


9 posted on 07/27/2015 1:29:02 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: nickcarraway

Build a desalination plant powered by a new nuclear power plant.


10 posted on 07/27/2015 1:30:44 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: nickcarraway

Doesn’t it rain there like 362 days a year?


11 posted on 07/27/2015 1:35:25 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Actually Vancouver, like the rest of the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, enjoys a modified Mediterranean climate. The climate here is characterized by a cool drizzly winter and warm summer drought. It has been atypically dry here, however - in Seattle we’ve had less than 3 inches of rain since April and less than 1 since May. The long term models don’t show any significant precip for the next 60 days.


12 posted on 07/27/2015 1:40:57 PM PDT by stormer
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To: Norm Lenhart
Only a liberal controlled city in a north American rain forest could suffer a water shortage.

Post of the day.

13 posted on 07/27/2015 1:41:50 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Liberals support high taxes on alcohol, tobacco and wealth. And all for the same reason.)
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To: stormer

Over here on the eastern side of the Cascades we are also experiencing a draught with water-use restrictions. Irrigation district customers in Kennewick, for example, are restricted to watering lawns 30 minutes twice a week. 102-104F temps forecast for the coming weekend and that water isn’t going to amount to much.


14 posted on 07/27/2015 1:53:11 PM PDT by steve86 (Prophecies of Maelmhaedhoc O’Morgair (Latin form: Malachy))
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To: nickcarraway

The biggest violators are usually the cities themselves.


15 posted on 07/27/2015 2:01:13 PM PDT by subterfuge (Minneseeota: the laughingstock of the nation - for lots of reasons!)
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To: GeronL
"How about just charging more for the water?"

Your idea is too rational and logical. Keep it up and you will be headed to a re-eduction camp.

Seriously, yes, just charge more. BTW, did the Fraser River dry up?

16 posted on 07/27/2015 2:03:56 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Save Western Civilization. Embrace the new Crusades.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hmmm. $250 fine or replace sod for $ 3000.? Tough choice...


17 posted on 07/27/2015 2:05:06 PM PDT by subterfuge (Minneseeota: the laughingstock of the nation - for lots of reasons!)
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To: steve86

I used to live in the Tri-Cities. Now I live in Seattle but I also have a place near Cle Elum, and I just read today that people that have irrigation rights that allow them to draw from the Teanaway and the Cowiche are being cut off. Some of those deeds date back to the 1880s. This is a major drought.


18 posted on 07/27/2015 2:05:33 PM PDT by stormer
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To: nickcarraway; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...

Canada Ping!

19 posted on 07/27/2015 2:12:00 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Will steal your comments & post them on Twitter)
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To: nickcarraway
Instead of spraying water on the lawn, how about paint?


20 posted on 07/27/2015 2:26:39 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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