I'm just curious. Suppose your small community had a serious water shortage that could affect the safety of the community and people were encouraged to remind their neighbors of this dire situation if they saw them watering their lawns. What would your response be to this news?
1. mind your own business and just hope for the best while multiple neighbors water their lawns through the hottest part of the day?
2. water your own lawn, because if the Joneses grass is green, yours has to be green too?
3. do as recommended and give warning to your neighbors, even if they take offense that you are meddling in their business?
4. have another response? If so, what would that be?
I'll tell later what I did, but I just wanted to know what you would do.
Here's what I did. I made a few copies of the emergency warning and went to three neighbors, (a fourth was not at home), and assuming they had not heard, I politely told them of the breaking news and handed them a copy. One neighbor told me she had to water because she had just fertilized her lawn and kept watering. The other seemed offended at first but after chatting for a few minutes she realized the seriousness of the situation and seem grateful for the info. The third was a boy and my son told him about the situation and he stopped watering too. Last evening another neighbor watered his flowers with a sprinkler, but technically he wasn't watering his lawn, so I said nothing to him.
Tonight someone in the neighborhood placed a copy on doors to let people know. I'm glad they did that. It is hard to watch my things dry up but I'm collecting water as we wash our hands and bathe and using this to water my plants. I don't think the soap will harm them, who knows, maybe I won't get any more insects.