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The Lush Lawn: Drought of Place

Posted: 3:50PM July 18th, 2012 | Comments

A drought is upon us. In case you haven't been paying attention, it is dry and hot in Wisconsin this summer. The DNR reported that the significant lack of rain has resulted in extreme, very high or high fire danger levels throughout 50 southern counties. Farmers are requesting to pump from streams and lakes in order to save whats left of their dwindling crops. Water levels continue to drop while algal blooms and fish kills increase. Farming communities like Sun Praire have even held prayer services in hopes of rain.

But fear not, we're still seeing healthy (and useful) lawns throughout the Madison area. Proud homeowners have paid the cost to be the boss and are reaping the benefits of these lush lawns; gaining the respect and admiration of their neighbors.  While Wisconsin burns, lawns remain a priority. 

Lawn care, jonsianist competition at its finest.

We should not be shocked that water is being wasted, even in a drought. American's love wasting water, its what we do. It's not like it's oil or cell phone minutes, why not use it up? YOLO! According to the EPA the average American uses more than 100 gallons a day. The number one activity we assign to our most vital natural resource? The courteous act of flushing, of course.  

Momma didn't raise no fool.

The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute.  You could (if you were in the mood i guess) save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. But that may be too much thinking early morning, we understand. We're not here to preach. 

Residents of sub-saharan Africa use about 2-5 gallons a water a day...they defintately shut the faucet off while brushing.

 Keep that in mind next time you take to cleaning the pearly whites or flushing the mellow yellow. 

Let this drought soak our souls and quench our thirst for sustainability. Let our lawns go brown, our toilets funky and let us appreciate water while we still got it. We're starting to see what its like without it.

Now if you'll excuse me, my 4-H club is going to Noah's Ark, now that's how you put water to work!

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