Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OMG Dallas Beats Out the People's Republic of San Francisco on Water Shortage Nuttiness

Gavin Minnis emails:

Dear Robert,

I recently read your post about gym member's pestering you about your water usage . I subsequently read your pamphlet too. Fun read. [SEE:"Dear Fellow Health Club Member, Please Leave Me the Hell Alone" ]

I thought you'd get a kick out of the email (below) I just received from the City of Dallas. I would not have been surprised to have seen this email coming from the City of San Francisco. But Dallas? I'm truly shocked. 



Begin forwarded message:
From: "Dallas Water Conservation" <dallas@service.govdelivery.com>
Date: October 7, 2014 at 4:45:08 PM CDT
To: -----@gmail.com
Subject: Dallas Water Utilities - Make a Rain Barrel Workshop - October 30
Reply-To: dallas@service.govdelivery.com
For City of Dallas Water Utilities Customers Only:
Saving from a Rainy Day, Making a Rain Barrel
Thursday, October 30, 2014

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Does your rain just run off? Divert it, save it, use it! Come learn the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and the effects stormwater has on the environment. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55-gallon rain barrel. 
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
Building C (Pavilion)
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252

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  1. Here in the Treasure Coast it may be worse. Rain barrel programs, fertilizer bans and zeroscaping lawns.

  2. Hate the state all you want, but this isn't being forced on anyone. I could see private enterprise behaving the same way. Some people like to recycle rainwater. Some people recycle scrap steel.

    1. Oh yeah, a private sector company would promote methods of not using their product, Yes, come to the Apple store and learn how to use Android.

  3. Actually this seems like a pretty libertarian thing to do: collecting your own rainwater allows for self-sufficiency and is one step closer to getting off the grid. Hell, they're even charging for the event instead of doing it at taxpayer expense

  4. At least he can collect water. Here in Denver it's illegal to collect rainwater. Apparently Denver owns Mother Nature.

  5. I don't see what's so wrong with an effort to each people to collect water making them more independent.

    What's nutty are the cities and counties that ban rain water collection because they claim ownership of rain or decide that whomever has the point it would run off to does. They declare it must be allowed to run off to wherever it goes.

  6. I think it's more libertarian to collect your own rainwater than to use the socialist water supply from the government. As others have commented, what's bad is when cities won't let you collect your rainwater.

    1. In Bermuda, all buildings MUST collect rainwater per government law. This is accomplished with a roof catchment system. This is actually pretty smart, and people did it there before the government mandated it, but why not let people decide if they want to collect their own rainwater or acquire it by some other means?

  7. Hey Wenzel. Yes. Power companies do it all the time.