Let me see if I have this right. Several years ago the brain trust at the water department said that the water table below Payson was dropping at a rate that would not sustain the town at the rate it was growing.
In reaction to this, the town imposed water rationing; placed a limit on the number of building permits issued during a year; and started a campaign to conserve water.
We were led to believe conservation was the right way to go.
Then the town signed a contract with SRP that would give us all the water we needed for growth, but it never said anything about disregarding the conservation efforts. And we could get all this water for about $30 million.
Now we are told that if we want the water from Blue Ridge that was to solve our water shortage problem we need to use more water.
Do I have this right?
“We live in the desert and to solve any water shortage we need to use more water.” And to help us use more water the town council now says we can have swimming pools in our yard.
With this type of logic the mayor and council should be in the U.S. Congress.
And just one more observation. If a pool loses about 600 gallons of water per month, that is 600 gallons going into the air and away from Payson. At least the water that goes down the drain eventually goes back into our own water table.
Payson pools in the desert in the middle of a drought — bad idea.