Rules That Foster Voluntary, Effective Cooperation Needed

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Editor:

Waterless urinals in public places indeed. This certainly confirms my opinion of politicians generally and of Payson's politicians in particular.

Nothing in your article "New water ordinance has teeth" explains how these rules are to be enforced.

As I have commented before, are we to have water-cops now in two-tone blue uniforms tooling around in two-tone VW bugs with a big two-tone blue flashing faucets on their roofs in place of the usual emergency lights?

Are folks expected to call the Water-KGB to report their neighbors? This sort of thing will happen under these rules and will only stir up trouble where none would otherwise occur.

My comments are not intended to mock the seriousness of the problem -- which is second only to fire danger -- about which precious little or nothing has been or is being done (or should be expected to be done) by rule-drafters on the town council. I plan to re-send this note when the next big fire breaks out in northern Arizona next summer, hopefully not in Payson.

Back to water-teeth: We do not need new punitive rules -- instead, we need rules that peaceably foster voluntary, but effective cooperation. Such rules are based on excessive consumption and require no special water-troops to enforce -- software in the billing function at the water department takes care of the whole thing. A $350 water bill is very likely to get the attention and cooperation of even the most indifferent wastrels among Paysonites.

One thing has been done right (perhaps accidentally) --he prohibition of new turf and artificial water features. The new rules do not go far enough, however. All new landscaping should be restricted to xeriscape items and all turf -- residential and commercial -- should be phased out over time -- golf courses absolutely included.

By the way, does anyone out there know where the 1.6-gallon flush requirement came from? I assume that it was set arbitrarily by some government functionary deep in the bowels of government (pun intended) who had not a clue and who ran no meaningful experiments to verify its practicality (which does not exist, I think).

A better design using a pressurized tank would likely use far less water and always deliver a reliable, complete flush.

At any rate, watch that water, neighbor.

Allen N Wollscheidt , Sun Lakes

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