That Wichita is considering fines of up to $1,000 a month on residents and businesses that use too much water.
We don’t hear too much about water shortages in these parts – not like my adopted cities of Tucson and Santa Fe – but a wise old sage at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum advised my young daughters several years ago to study hard and specialize in water rights law for the future.
Cities in the desert southwest, Colorado and California are well-acquainted with the looming critical shortage of H20 and are jockeying for control of the wet stuff as we speak.
On the local front, about all I can recall – prior to the recent drought – was Roger the Plumber hawking water-saving Caroma toilets from Australia a handful of years back.
In fact, owing to the water shortage, Wichita’s vaunted “Waltzing Waters” may not be turned on this year.
The Ta, as some like to call it, isn’t that far from here and the fact that the city has unveiled an actual conservation plan with such severely serious teeth, is a wake up call for us all.
Think about it.
A single reservoir provides something like 64 percent of the Wichita’s water and is forecast to dry up in mid-2015.
And guess what else?
The city’s policy of offering cheap water isn’t helping the conservation cause. Kinda like cheap gas isn’t helping to cause consumers to buy more fuel efficient cars.