Until today, we've had more than two weeks of drought, along with horrendous temperatures. Water levels in the rivers and lakes are as low as they usually get in August, and there has been much talk about water conservation.
I got concerned (growing up in Southern California where we were always supposed to be careful with water) and decided to see what I could do about watering my garden without damaging things.
The answer was simple: the condensation from the air conditioner had been going down the drain in the basement, but slipping a bucket under the hose, turned it into a great source of watering water. On the hot humid days of the weekend, I ended up with a couple of gallons, even though we ran the AC only for four or five hours.
But obviously I'm not the only person to have this idea. One or more of the taxi drivers at the stand at Avenue du Parc and St-Viateur have started a little flower garden in the space around a street tree. To get water, they are pirating the condensation from an air conditioner in the apartment building on the corner.
It's raining today so we don't have to collect water, but as soon as it dries out, the condensation will do its job.