Friday, October 15, 2010
Blog Action Day: Water.
It rains six-eight months here.
We are water-logged most of the time.
But this town has a dirty little secret.
Our municipal water, after it's processed and stored, is lost by 50% before it reaches its residents. Our delivery system is ancient, leaky, broken. Our pipes need repairing before the town can grow and prosper. We have had this problem for a long time.
To replace this infrastructure the town needs to float bonds or tax its one thousand inhabitants, most of whom are part timers, vacationers. Nobody wants to take on a debt of fourteen million dollars to repair the water system. Everyone wants an easy, inexpensive solution.
We have water. We just can't deliver it!
There are many towns like ours up and down the coast, in remote areas, in places that once were bustling with fisheries or saw mills. Many of these towns no longer have fisheries or saw mills. Without jobs and commerce, these towns have dried out. Their tax base cannot take on major changes. Now, most of them are havens for retirees looking for peace and natural beauty. Retirees, usually on fixed income, do not vote for bonds or taxes.
Clean, potable water is the first thing a town needs to deliver.
When this need is neglected, we can't survive.
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This was written for Blog Action Day October 15, 2010.