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Green lawns or drinking water?



Recently, I was in Vici in western Oklahoma, and they have had less than one-fourth-inch of rain in the past year. Pastures appear dead, crops are nonexistent and cattle are being sold because of drought. This is not a “what-if” scenario; this is the new reality. Farmers are selling their pond water and well water for oil-field fracking, and reports of farm wells going dry are a common story.

I grew up in rural Dewey County, and every family farm had cisterns, as did many of the town folks. There was no public water supply. To say we did not waste water is an understatement. There were two cisterns on our farm. We caught water off our big barn into one cistern, and that was for general family usage. Another cistern at my grandmother’s house caught all of our drinking and cooking water.

Our drinking water was pulled out of the cistern on a rope-bucket pulley system, and that continued even after I went to college. Water was then, and will be soon, a major issue. We waste water, we crap in potable water, we dump it on our lawns, we have no idea where water comes from, but all we have to do is turn on the tap, and it magically appears. So far … In Third World countries where folks have to haul 5 gallons of drinkable water on their head for miles and miles, they do not crap in that water or keep their Bermuda grass alive. They are doing well to survive.

I used to think it would be peak oil that puts a halt to suburban expansion,
but now I believe it will be a lack of water. So now Oklahoma City is
trying to buy water from Sardis Lake, and personally I hope the tribes
refuse us, because we are wasteful, irresponsible and arrogant.

should be illegal to water a lawn out of the public water supply. If you
don’t catch it off your roof, then let it die. Our precious water
should be limited to food production and drinking water. When we run out
of potable water, it won’t make a shit how green your lawn is if you
don’t have drinking water. Every homeowner should be required to catch
water off the roof for incidental watering. Currently, rainwater, one of
the cleanest forms of water, is considered “runoff.” Wastewater. Let it
run down the sewer system to be contaminated by all the other toxins
flushed down the sewer system.

societies do not change until after collapse. We see this crisis
looming, but what will we choose to do to prepare? Green lawns or
drinking water?

— Ron Ferrell Jones

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