Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A1: "No water in a desert"

We semi-urbanites can take a lesson from our more rural neighbors on just how close we all are to the edge of survival these days. Joanna Dodder turns in a good story and informative sidebar on continuing problems with Wilhoit Water that ought to give us all pause, and don't think it can't happen in town just because our system is bigger and doesn't employ any ridiculous coin boxes.

This issue might also make for a more pertinent editorial, informing both urban and rural voters. Either our legal system is too weak to properly regulate these companies, or somebody in government is falling down on the job.


Gledwood said...

You say no water in desert... do you know what our local authority is saying no water in London town ... every year we have bans on hosepipes and sprinklers what a disgrace ... where ARE you blogging from? Somewhere in America i guess from your spelling ... our environment is done for in my opinion. Papers today are full of pictures of Northern England in great floods it's ridiculous ...
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Gledwood said...

where are you... ok I just saw that bit... I do know where Arizona is!!

sorry 'bout that!

leftturnclyde said...

its cool gledwood ,there are people living here in Arizona that cant figure out where Arizona is ,or what semi arid climate means water availabilty wise.

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous. We are in America and some companies are acting like we are in sub-saharan africa. Check this: The US has the lowest water rates in the world. It's time to raise (gasp!) water rates to pay for infrastructure improvements. If not, then some catastrophic event will happen and many will be without water. Ask the people of West New York, N.J. Time to lobby Congress to create a fund similar to the highway fund for water improvements and local utilities needs to raise rates and earmark those funds for water improvements. This is simple, even a republican can understand this concept. jared

Anonymous said...

This is more than just politicians looking the other way or being too slow to react. There is an outright agenda to downplay the water issues and to pursue "fixes" instead of acknowledging that we live in a water-poor region and MUST build accordingly!

By confusing issues (like Prescott's commissioned rebuttal of the Wirt & Blasch reports) developers are given more time to harvest the land. Contractors make a killing on "solutions" like pipelines. You and I get to pay for it all and years later if we collapse from a shortage of water, the people who reaped the benefit have already moved on.

Accountability in not something we should expect from our politicians, it's something we should demand in such great numbers that you'd think our life blood was at stake.

Anonymous said...

Hey Steve, at the top of the main blog page, it should be 'The Daily Courier' not 'the Daily Courier' jared

Steven Ayres said...

Heh. I'll follow the Courier's naming style when its editors start following mine. I've been trying to get them to write Access13 correctly for most of a decade. ;) Good eye, though, Jared.

Steven Ayres said...

Or should that be "jared"?