Brown lawn

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I wonder if you realize where Portland gets its water from? We've got a gravity fed system where mountain snow and ice melts and runs into our reservoirs.

Why is this important?

Because while the entire state could be in a drought, Portland won't be as long as there was snow last winter. We actually end up with a SURPLUS of water that gets put back into the Sandy river (and possibly some others).

In other words, we have more water than we know what to do with.

Water is expensive now, but it's not because it's scarce. It's because of all the cleansers and chemicals that people who moved here thought were 'must haves' and that the people of Portland just didn't know what was good for them. Water used to be cheap and taste good. It was clean snowmelt, after all.

Now, we pay for things like chlorine and fluoride, the system to mix those into clean drinking water (not create clean water, but to actually contaminate clean water), as well as the small army of workers to maintain that system.

So, who cares if your neighbor waters their lawn, washes their car, or just floods their backyard for their kids? It's not taking anything from you or anyone else. They're paying for it, and their excess will find its way to the Pacific just as if the Bull Run operations team bled it off into the Sandy.

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I agree with you. Green lawns seem a thoughtless waste of resources. I do not like to see golf courses, for example, kept pristine so a mostly privileged few can hit a ball around in sumptuous greenery before heading to the bar. Green grass expanses in previously desert areas, like Arizona, Vegas, etc. seem especially feckless. Asphalt and lawns... our gifts to a dying ecosystem.

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"Now, we pay for things like chlorine and fluoride, the system to mix those into clean drinking water (not create clean water, but to actually contaminate clean water), as well as the small army of workers to maintain that system."

Well that is just a pile of BS. We notoriously do not have fluoride.

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Ahhh, but we do have sodium hydroxide, aka lye, caustic soda!
All so that PPS can not spend the money (it begged us to give them to fix and take care of shit) maintaining the water systems in school buildings.
Yea!
And you were wondering why we have water spots now when we never did before or baguette went to shit about the same time our political masters decided to give us free NaOH!