Pool Ponderings – costs are double

June 10, 2008

My oldest son (and I) got to play care taker for a neighbor’s pool over the last week. We had to keep adding more and more water just to keep up with evaporation (and a leak?). I suspect that we put more water in that pool than my household used in the same week! Our lawn proves that we’re very careful with water because 1) it’s expensive and 2) it’s a limited resource. I found it very hard to keep filling up that hole in their backyard every other day.

My family is a MAJOR pool user. We love pools, but we use the community pool. The community pool is awesome because 1) we don’t worry about the water or maintenance and 2) we love seeing other people in our community. One of the reasons that we care about saving limited resources is because we belong to a community. The pool both conserves resources and connects us socially – it is a type of social energy.

When our neighbors with pools don’t participate in the community at the pool they get less connected to the rest of us. They get comfortable wasting limited resources and paying high maintenance costs while unplugging from their community.

This is exactly the type of self-reinforcing pattern that our society will need to outgrow before we can become sustainable.


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