Discussion Of Effluent Should Not Be Left Out Of Water Debate

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Editor:

The article last week, "Water task force will present findings at December council meeting" was interesting.

Under "the cost-benefit options of the four supplementary water sources," the word "effluent" was mentioned. It curiously is seldom mentioned by the local water czars. Is this perhaps because of the involvement of the "hot-button" issue of sewage?

It is extremely strange that this single, lonesome word "effluent" was used by itself to denote that one particular water procurement method, which I believe can be shown to offer the most favorable solution to the supposed "water crisis" in Payson.

If this method were applied to the hilt, it would nearly triple the water supply in Payson without pumping a single gallon of new groundwater from our aquifers. That is not much of a crisis, I think.

Of course, golf courses -- of no overall public benefit -- would need to go brown and irrigation would need to be extremely curtailed (by high water rates applicable to the purpose).

Less onerous approaches exist which still offer an affordable means out of the supposed "water crisis," and which allow natural rates of population growth at the same time, incidentally keeping the noisome, meddling hand of "special interest local government" at bay in our lives.

What particularly riles me is that some other words should have accompanied "effluent", such as these "sewage," "renovation," "percolation," "recharge" and "aquifer" -- not a complete list.

Even with these words in their proper place, it may still be difficult for the man in the street to distinguish one scheme from another, but there is no point in deliberately placing blocks in the road to understanding the options.

Incidentally, it is not enough -- not enough at all -- for the Payson Roundup to simply publish what Town spokesmen have now and then to say (or doublespeak) on this or that, or what people (like me and others) choose to write to the editor, right or wrong, defensible or not.

The Roundup needs to do some serious investigative reporting, to find the real, credible, properly licensed outside authorities in the subject of, in this instance, "water renovation" and "aquifer recharge."

They do exist and they will gladly talk to you as they have to me.

Allen N. Wollscheidt, Payson

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