Are we here in Mason really serious about water conservation? My mother and I guess we’ll believe it when we see it. The July 16th issue of the Mason County News contained an article (p. 2) by John Palacio, City Administrator, outlining a critical water conservation plan to “protect the water levels for everyone.” In the plan each water customer is limited to “watering only once a week and only between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., or hand watering at other times.” What’s not to understand? And yet it’s still possible to drive down the street and around town and see violations of that policy casually continuing to take place.
We wonder what it’s coming down to…another Hoo-Doo War? Neighborhood vigilantes? Maybe the number of gallons a single resident can have for his/her private unrestricted use in a month’s time should be limited. While that might not be feasible (at least at this point) it might help people learn to distinguish more easily between essential and non-essential use of a precious natural resource. The time is rapidly passing (already past?) when one can have and use all the water he/she wants for any activity as long as it’s paid for. But, we’re not talking about a luxury item here, we’re talking about a basic human need: water. It’s a resource that NONE of us can live without. We’re doing our fair share to conserve and hope that you will, too.
Robin and Elaine Clark