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Love affair with grass; someone needs to correct the math

Letters Published: June 28, 2013

Natural landscape is suffering

Why on earth should we raise water usage restrictions for individuals with big lawns? Alternatively, this is the time those individuals should consider reducing their total turf. We live in a high desert suffering from years of drought, folks. We don't need pasture sized lawns of Kentucky bluegrass. Take this opportunity to replace your water-hogging lawn with xeriscaping. Use the money on new landscaping rather than on wasting precious water. I realize Americans have a love affair with that patch of green we water, mow and drench with chemicals, but it doesn't have to be the size of a football field. During the last period of watering restrictions, I examined my lawn and determined the areas subject to the most stress and replaced them with native plants and mulch. I still have a nice, small patches of green in my front and back yards but they're less than 1/3 their original size. All you have to do is look around at our open spaces and see our natural landscape is suffering. We all need to make sacrifices to help our city survive this latest climate crisis and conserve this precious resource. Why should we make special allowances for people who feel they deserve more than others?

Karin White, Colorado Springs

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Stop new building permits

I think the people of Colorado Springs needs to call our City Council and the Mayor's Office and demand the city Utilities stop all overcharging homeowners for water used over 2,000 cubit feet per month, nobody has checked to see if Springs Utilities is selling water to golf courses or other cities around like they have in the past and why has the city not stopped new building permits. If the homeowner doesn't have water to keep up their yards then the city should not allow new building here in our city, or anywhere there is a water restriction in place. Maybe a letter to the Governor's office for the rest of the Front Range would help, too .

Doug Evans, Colorado Springs

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Someone needs to correct the math

I just read the article in The Gazette this morning (June 24) about the water limits being too tough on big yards. We are an average household of three and only watered two days or less a month, less than three hours a day. We just got our utility bill for last month and it's over the 2,000 limit. We don't have a large yard - under the 3,000 sq. ft. that they figured that we could water twice a week - without getting charged more. In fact, it says at the bottom of the bill we can water twice a week and not get charged extra but we did. According to the article June 24 it said the average household uses 1,100 cf and 1,400 for watering grass. That's about how much we used last month. Someone needs to get out their calculator and do the math. That's 2,500 cf, not 2,000 cf.

Kristen Andrew-Hoeser, Colorado Springs

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Small-lawn owners have problems, too

Surely you jest! Looks like those with large lawns will be getting some type of reprieve from the restrictions placed on the city arbitrarily by the Utilities. Even though they chose - as did those wanting to live with the animals in the woods or with the goats on mountain sides - to buy where they did. Don't you think the owners of smaller lawns have the same problem and more than likely - less money to keep their lawns green? There should not be discrimination on this very basic level. Who are the people crying "poor me"?

Sonja Fava, Colorado Springs

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Use water for something important

We live in a steppe or semiarid climate. It's on the drier side and what's worse is we've been consistently having drought conditions. June is typically the driest month in this state as well and to top it off, fires have been numerous and seemingly getting worse each time one springs up.

Now with that information in mind, I have to ask, what the heck is wrong with people? Councilmen complain about how it's unfair to larger land owners to choose between paying a water premium during restrictions, which have been mentioned since January, or to let their lawns die? People complaining about how water restrictions have killed their lawn? Why'd you plant them in the first place?

News flash: We're in a drought! Our reservoirs are below 50 percent capacity and if the information in the weather section is right, they're usually closer to 75-80 percent at this time of year.

I'd rather that remaining water be used for something important, like drinking and helping to control fires. But, if people would rather have a green lawn than help stop an encroaching fire by conserving a depleting resource, I guess I must just have my priorities wrong.

Dan Lackovic, Colorado Springs

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Ban lawn watering altogether

Your editorial on water usage seems to take a stance punishing those with larger lawns. It is a given that we are experiencing a water shortage which may continue into the indefinite future. However, if you are advocating equal treatment for all - then let's ban lawn watering all together so that we all lose our lawns rather than just those with larger lawns. That would really save water.

The current restrictions are based on a 3,000 sq. ft. lawn which is arbitrary. Many of those with larger lawns live under HOA restrictions that mandated a certain percentage of our lots to sod. The current water restrictions do not give our lawn any chance of survival and so we are forced to watch our landscaping wither and die.

Mark Davies, Colorado Springs

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