Are you obsessed with water?

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How to tell if your passion for water has gone too far.

July 15, 2013
Martha Golea

Some of us get a little carried away when it comes to the things we’re passionate about – like water management, for example. Not sure if you’re going overboard? Here’s how you can tell.

You might be obsessed with water management if:

  • You wish commercial buildings had “How’s my irrigation system?” hotlines because you would call to report deficiencies.
  • On a romantic stroll, you stop to adjust errant pop-up heads in strangers’ yards.
  • You knock on the bathroom door to remind your guest not to flush unless necessary.
  • You bathe your dog with your children.
  • You use water from soaking veggies to fill your kiddie pool.
  • Because of your top-notch, innovative water harvesting system, all of your friends and family will end up at your house in case of a water-related emergency.
  • One of your children’s weekly chores is to inspect the irrigation system.
  • You only wash your hair when it rains (not applicable in desert climates … hopefully).
  • You’re a big supporter of wastewater recycling and the term “toilet to tap” doesn’t even gross you out.
  • For evening entertainment, your family drives around town looking for irrigation mishaps.
  • You drain pasta water into your pet’s water bowl without hesitation.
  • You gladly siphon the runoff from your wasteful neighbor’s lawn to use for your own irrigation solutions.
  • When a new neighbor moves in, you bring them a rain sensor instead of a pie.
  • You see neighbor kids running through sprinklers and you toss them a bar of soap.
  • You’ve taken the tour at your local water utility more than once and exchanged contact info with the tour guide.
  • You haven’t seen “Iron Man 3” yet, but you have seen “Last Call at the Oasis,” “Watershed,” “Blue Gold,” or a handful of other great, water-related movies.

If any of these hit home with you, congratulations on your extremeness! Friends and family may think you’re weird but you know they’ll be thankful someday. If you’re not quite there yet, reading Lawn & Landscape is a step on the right path to water management enlightenment.

Can you think of additional ways to tell if you’re obsessed with water management? Share them on our Water Bloggers Facebook page ( or on Twitter with the hashtag #YouMightBeAWaterGeek.