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Do you know who wants your water?

How can I conserve water? My answer may surprise you. Last week a city of Longmont water board member commented that he has a fiduciary responsibility to sell Longmont’s surplus water. Currently, Longmont leases out 600-acre-feet of water per year to Big Oil for fracking and drilling.

Oil fracking and drilling within our community will swell to consume thousands of acre-feet of clear water per year. Simultaneously, Longmont is encouraging its citizens to reduce their use of treated water by 3,500-acre-feet per year.

So, if I have a leaky faucet I have two choices:

1) I can repair the faucet to reduce my consumption. This will increase Longmont’s surplus water. The surplus water from my leak will be sold for fracking. The water will be mixed with toxic chemicals to produce fracking fluid. The fracking fluid will be injected miles under the ground into the Niobrara tight sand formations. Toxic water spurts back from the well and needs to be quarantined. It is trucked hundreds of miles to disposal sites to be forced into 2-mile deep isolation wells. The mountain stream water that Longmont sold to the drilling company is irrevocably removed from the hydrological system (assuming that everything goes well). It will never again runoff the surface. It will never again soak down or evaporate up into the water cycle.

2) I can let the faucet continue to drip.

In this case my leaked water will soak down into the soil or evaporate into the atmosphere or drain to the treatment system. It is conserved within our natural environment.

So, what is the best way for me to conserve the water that is leaking out of my faucet?

Maybe I should just let it drip. Every drop counts.

Free indoor water audits available

Photo by Free Range Longmont

The City of Longmont and the Center for Resource Conservation are providing free indoor water audits. Professional services are provided at no charge to you and include free installations of low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators. The audits will enable you to find out where you use the most water indoors, receive leak tests on fixtures to find where water is being wasted, and receive a personalized cost benefit analysis on switching to lower water use appliances. Do your part to conserve Colorado’s water by calling 303-999-3820 ext. 217 or visit www.ConservationCenter.org.