Slow Growth Until New Water Can Be Found

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Many years ago, I worked as an assayer for a mining company in the Mojave desert. The company had just formed. A deposit of fluorspar had been discovered and was much in demand at the time. A great deal of money was spent on a complete mining and milling operation.

The source of water was an old mine shaft that was full of water and believed to be fed by underground springs. If that weren't enough, wells would be drilled in the National Forest. Precautions were made to recycle water in large cement vats.

Within a short period of time, the mine shaft was empty. There were no springs. The shaft had simply been full of rainwater. The vats soon became so thick with silt that they were no longer usable. Drilling in the National Forest was begun but water was never found. The closest source of water was 25 miles away and the cost of hauling or pumping was prohibitive.

The project was a complete loss to the investors.

There is a moral to this story that should be evident to the Payson Town Council.

Find water before allowing re-zoning for new subdivisions of any size. Do whatever possible to slow growth until a new source of water is available.

Conservation should be at the top of the list, but never assume that conservation alone will solve the problem.

A.C. Hintze, Payson

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