My first reaction to the top list of water users was anger. Here I have been feeling guilty about filling a 30 gallon play pool in my back yard so on a hot summer day, my toddlers can play on our hard sharp natural gravel landscape (because we have not been able to plant grass since we bought our home two years ago).
I noticed over the past couple of hot months, our eight-member family has used closer to 9,000 gallons a month compared with our winter usage of only 7,500 gallons and I am yelling at my teenagers to take shorter showers, making them all wear their clothes more than once to avoid having to do too many loads of laundry. Watching them like a hawk to be sure they don't let the water run, and continually reminding them we are living in a drought and we must conserve water. I can't remember my last long leisurely shower.
And in the past two months there have been times the water company had our water off for line breaks, and I get scared and think, I knew it, we have used too much extra water this month and they turned it off.
What I am concerned now with however, is that I found myself thinking, well, if the water department has not turned off the water of these uncaring people who have no conscience, then I guess I don't have to worry. I can afford a higher water bill I should plant that grass. I am not going to do that. However, I am sure I am not the only one who will have feelings of resentment toward not only the abusers, but the water company for not dealing with this situation.
I just hope that printing that list, rather than dealing with the abusers by turning off their water won't cause people to decide their water use is not so bad after all and cause people to stop trying to conserve all together.
Karyn Nelsen, Payson