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July 7, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Area’s demand for water will always be there

Area’s demand for water will always be there

Dear Editor,

Guest columnists published in the Weatherford Democrat and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram have been concentrating on the drought conditions presently in much of Texas. The majority of columns bemoan the rapid population growth in Texas, without mentioning that growth is what has hugely eased the impact of the Bush recession in Texas.

One contributor suggested that if Fort Worth stopped annexing territory and welcoming newcomers, the water shortage would go away. I wonder if that writer realizes that whether located in Fort Worth or in another town, city, or county, a family or business will have the same demand for water. If anyone has a real idea as to how we get people to move out of Texas or Fort Worth or Parker County, I would like to see their plan.

The easiest solution to water shortage is always conservation. The only plan I have ever seen that works to conserve water is an extreme progressive usage rate structure. In other words, the more water a family or business uses, the higher the cost per gallon. There is nothing like a huge water bill to encourage conservation.

Another option is to strongly encourage the planting of plants with low water demand. Probably the worst offender is St. Augustine grass and tropical plants. According to one gardening expert, about half the plants and seeds sold at Texas nurseries and superstores are not compatible with Texas soil and climate.

Another possible action is to pass statewide regulations that industrial users recycle water used in manufacturing, fracking and any other process.

Every possible action to recycle or get water from non-conventional sources will cost the end user more. Some methods such as desalting seawater is extremely expensive and contributes to air pollution.

My choices are conserving what we have which actually saves money or spend the money to capture and store more surface water. Since ground (well) water belongs to us all, we should stop the drilling of private wells when there is another water source available. We must start thinking that we don’t have my water and your water, we have our water.

Respectfully,

Dennis Tilly, Weatherford

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