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Guest Column

Use common sense, conserve water

Published February 1, 2007


The election is over and the new Congress is in place, and we are getting our 100 hours of progress.

What does that mean to us?

When my kids were growing up, I told them griping and complaining were okay. First, however, they had to go to school; do their sports, chores, jobs or whatever; help with the supper dishes; do their homework; then complain and I would listen.

What I do not understand, being originally from Texas, is why we have to tell people to conserve water. Apparently, we do. The County Commission just had to reduce allowable watering hours.

Wasn't anyone here when it did not rain as much last year? If you were, you know our water table is lower. If you over watered your lawn, shrubs and gardens last year, it probably didn't hurt anything, but if you do it this year, it is like cutting Mother Nature's throat, something akin to cutting your own. Yet, some will do the same three- to five-days-a-week watering this year. They have to be told not to or be punished.

When Ma and Pa Joyner found oil and brought the boom to east Texas in the 1930s, cotton farming and production shifted to west Texas, which was good for cotton with available water for irrigation wells.

The socks and shirts you are wearing of American cotton likely still comes from this area.

When scientists found the aquifer was a huge lake under about six to eight states to Nebraska and Utah, they then found there would be no water sometime about 2012 to 2018. Water conservation was practiced as a matter of common sense.

If you have ever been through west Texas, you might have noticed not too many swimming pools. (I recall many a dip around a power plant lake called Lake Pauline near Memphis, Texas. It was named for a lady named Pauline who won a swimming race in the 1920s.)

Are we using this kind of common sense, or are we still kids growing up?

I personally will water less this year. My plan, also, is to write the politicians of both parties on what I would hope to see as an agenda for a presidential election next year.

What I will not do, is wait for a government or political official to tell me to slow down on burning resources. As responsible adults, let's get in touch with reality and stay there.

Charles Chapman, a retired computer consultant, lives in Bayonet Point.

[Last modified February 1, 2007, 00:41:42]

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