Water restrictions make sense

August 1, 2007 

The Environmental Protection Division has declared a Level 2 drought and created a schedule all residents must follow: Odd-numbered addresses may water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, midnight to 10 a.m., even-numbered or unnumbered addresses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during the same hours, and no outdoor water use is allowed on Fridays.

I think this is an excellent idea! Our water is crucial and if threatened, the city needs to act immediately. Even if there were no water shortage, I believe the restrictions should still be in effect. Some residents water their grass for hours every day; this is not necessary.

Before this situation came about, I would wash dishes for 45 minutes and leave the water running. I now am very conscious of water usage.

Water conservation is not debatable. The state has no control over nature; whenever rain is scarce, the community’s water supply is in danger. If followed, the EPD regulations will help prevent the droughts from worsening. Although guidelines have been put in place, they do not to discourage land owners from improving their grounds. Reducing the use of water is supposed to protect future water demands.

It is obvious that the restrictions will work for the good of communities, but there are people who are opposed to the guidelines. The negative sides to this issue are the restrictions the public will be facing. It is more of an inconvenience to the public than anything else. One problem is that there is no one to blame for a drought. It is simply nature. Georgia citizens are forced to be patient, and wait for rain.

Tanisha Perry, Columbus

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