Well, things are in a rapid downturn at the moment in Sechelt. The local paper is full of letters to the editor, decrying our sad drought status with the ever decreasing water supply. Those of us who are desperate to keep most of our plants alive are now forced to resort to the only means we have of getting non-potable water for gardens.
Well, we haven't started hewing wood yet, but we're definitely into the carriers of water phase of this drought. Most of the people who visit the hose are those who have a fondness for the landscaping they've spent countless thousands of dollars on. Most of them have big pickup trucks, and very large empty plastic containers of various sizes arranged in the back of them.
The watering hole
Forewarned should be forearmed?
It worked out fine, but it does seem like just a slowing down of garden disaster yet to come.
Some of our organic food producers are really suffering as they watch their income go down the drain. The flowers are drying up, there's no pollen for the bees to gather. Ducks and geese can't have their ponds filled to keep them clean and disease free. Looks like the city fathers don't really care, but at the same time there's a slow, seething resentment building in the population.
You see in 2012 there was a shorter drought period. It was a clear warning of things to come. But nothing was done to prepare our town for this. It was something to be left in abeyance until 2016, when they would discuss it again. Ironically, there is a lake with plenty of water, but the District needed permission from another arm of government to siphon to a greater depth. They said they were just waiting for this. Is it any wonder people get thoroughly disillusioned with those in position to help, and who just sit and let things happen, then say, "oh dear!"
So 2016 came and went. The rains finally came, and the furor about it faded away. Same thing in 2017. It’s so easy to forget the pain during those short days of winter. And here we are in 2018 now. The permission is there, the siphons are installed and ready, but here we are again, on level 4 - no watering from municipal taps.
Even though things are dire, particularly for our small farmers ( someone didn't think that one through when they decided they wouldn't be exempted from Stage 4, no watering.) It's a terrible situation for them, and heartbreaking for all of us who encourage their enterprise and hard work.
It’s usually a pretty safe bet that when the infamous level 4 watering rules come into effect the rain will start. Guess what? We have rain predicted every day for next week!
Newsflash: just went to the watering hole again, and now there are two hoses there! Woohoo! And proper parking spaces! Luxury indeed.
Sure enough, we had a lovely rain sprinkle last night! It wasn’t enough to make an appreciable difference in our situation, but more rain is predicted this week.
Maybe this will be the year when the local politicians actually do something to alleviate the water woes...