LETTER: Use less water

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

I am a citizen of Greenwich, Connecticut and I am very concerned about the amount of water people are using. I am writing to you because I have seen many people washing their cars and cleaning their windows. I urge people to use less water because of droughts. Droughts have been proven to cause more fires, affect crops and all the animals in the ecosystem.

My first reason is that droughts have been proven to cause more wildfires. Just by using water to clean your car, you raise the chance of a forest fire starting. Then to put out the wildfire, firefighters have to use even more water Right now we’re in a moderate drought, and it’s so bad that the town has to emplace fine, but even some fines can’t stop people from using water.

My second reason is that it effects our crops and economy. During droughts, a lot of crops don’t get the right amount of water. Wheat, for example, needs 12-15 inches of rain a year, and since we’re in a moderate drought, were getting under that. If people continue to use so much water during the drought, it could not only affect our crops, but also our wildlife.

My third and final reason is using less water will help animals. Animals such as bobcats that live here in Greenwich have to change their lifestyles because of us. Because of droughts, bobcats have to change their diet which can lead to unhealthy habits. They have to change because there prey are dying. They also expand their territories which can lead to fights with other animals and death. Would you like to have innocent animals killed because of you. I found this on Texas [email protected] Agrilife extension.

Not using water is one of the easiest ways to help the environment and the community. I encourage all citizens to start using less water because it helps prevent wildfires, helps the economy and helps save wildlife. Thank you for reading this letter.

Samuel Wilson

Greenwich

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