A Vicious Cycle



Recently the paper included a letter exploring the "what ifs" of the "S" water owned by "H" shipping to "P".

First off, what's wrong with "H" getting his water from the land he owns in "P," and leaving "S" out of the equation? Oh, there's not enough water in "P" (no pun intended), so "H" feels he has the right to take his water from "S," even though we all live in the same desert called Arizona, where water is rare and precious.

Oh, what's that I hear, is that "H" and "P" telling "S" there's nothing to worry about, they won't do anything to hurt "S," being that we're their best friends and neighbors, even though "P" couldn't be bothered to have a representative at the most important day of "S's" existence, the day they officially became a town?

The "little people" of "S" have been asked to believe "H" and "P" and that they won't dewater "S". They want "S" to believe the experts hired by "H" and "P".

Now another big what if -- what if "H" and "P" do take water from "S" and they in fact dewater "S." Now the "little people" of "S" will see their property values plummet. They'll be faced with the enormous task of trying to get water back to all of the residents. I would imagine "P" would be sorry, and probably a little ashamed of the way things turned out, but by then this would probably be the problem of a new council.

So in the long run, the water would still serve the same number of people, as any finite resource is wont to do, but it would serve residents of "P," leaving residents of "S" without water. Of course, if "P" had enough water, they would be happy to connect the residents of "S" to the water system of "P" -- for a fee. So in the big picture, "H" makes money selling "S's" water to "P" and selling new residences, while "P" makes money connecting the new residents (to the water system) of "P," and in the longer run possibly makes additional money selling the same water back to "S". Meanwhile "S" could lose twice, first when "H" sells their water, and possibly a second time when they have to buy it back from "P," assuming "P" has any water left to sell.

Greg Mulligan, Payson

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