Less spending on watering and mowing means more money for infrastructure

Re: The Castlegar News editorial ‘Practical conservation’ (May 26): Wasting taxpayer dollars has always been my main complaint to the city. The constant overwatering of grass at Twin Rivers Park last year required the park to be mowed two to three times a week.

Re: The Castlegar News editorial ‘Practical conservation’ (May 26): Wasting taxpayer dollars has always been my main complaint to the city. The constant overwatering of grass at Twin Rivers Park last year required the park to be mowed two to three times a week.

I would prefer city equipment operators to be engaged in infrastructure improvements and road repairs rather than mowing the law. A little irrigation management, like moisture sensors, goes a long way to save money. These fields should have been made with lower maintenance costs in mind or never built in the first place.

Standing water on the fields is simply unacceptable, but I agree water conservation in our region is an overblown issue.

Perhaps if the city was not forcing a water meter upon me (as a resident), thus making my backyard fruit and vegetable garden less economically viable, then I would be less interested in their water consumption practices.

Water, fertilize, mow, repeat. That should have been the city’s tag line.

No wonder so many residents try to keep their lawns so perfect — they are just trying to keep up with the city’s example.

 

 

Steve Sanders

Castlegar