Mon
Oct 8 2007
10:11 am
By: WhitesCreek

Excuse me, but when we share something and there's not enough to go around...Shouldn't we quit wasting it?

Much like electrical power, a good bit of municipal water is simply wasted. When supply gets tight, step one is to ask folks to quit doing that and step to is to TELL them.

Sorry about your lawn. You should be growing trees instead of grass anyway.

"Oliver Springs officials still have made no move to restrict residents from using water. "

Link did not work for me.

Link did not work for me. This link to Roane County newspaper article might.

I grew up on Bacon Springs Lane, and used to walk down to Bacon Springs, the source of Oliver Springs' water (I'm not sure where the actual spring called Oliver Springs is located, but it is not the City's water source).

It seems to me that they ought to conserve. However, I assume they are allowing enough water to flow past the springs to keep the snails and watercress and other stream life alive in the branch of Poplar creek fed by the springs (I never saw them not do that), and also assume that Anderson County Utility Board draws its water from the Clinch River.

Unless those assumptions are wrong, this is a fiscal issue rather than an environmental one. If Oliver Springs residents want to have green lawns and high property taxes, that is their prerogative.

I doubt Oliver Springs wants the high property taxes, though.

Maybe...maybe not

If Oliver Springs residents want to have green lawns and high property taxes, that is their prerogative.

Many areas of this country have discovered that it is not a good idea to use drinking water to grow grass. That concept will be a difficult sell in the East but it will happen eventually.

Water is a looming battleground all over the world.

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