Across the street from me, there is a housing coop for active adults over 55.
They water their driveways pretty much every day. They either want the asphalt to grow, or have some sort of cleaning fetish.
In the photo above, the guy is pressure washing his driveway at the same time as it rains. His behaviour is not odd on this street, his neighbours do this too.
What explains this? The desire of older men to play with water? Boredom?
Or is it because the water is almost “free”? In this co-op, the water is bulk-metered, so it’s cheaper than for you and me. And the bulk metering includes about 55 small households in a mid-rise apartment building who don’t have much opportunity to splurge on water. So the residents in the townhouses, with driveways, don’t see any direct cost in “using” purified water to push around some tree leaves or atmospheric dust.
So for residents in Barrhaven or Manotick or wherever, who cannot water their turf or wash their car or fill up the kiddie pool … bring your kids down to Primrose Street to get them washed off. The hosers are waiting for you.