Stephanie C. Fox

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The Water War in Connecticut is Heating Up.

We are in a state of war with our water needs in Connecticut now.

The ecosystem cannot deliver all of the water that the human population needs and wants.

This summer has brought us the drought that the MDC denied would come.

Accordingly, the City of Waterbury’s Bureau of Water has instituted mandatory water use restrictions.

WATERBURY BUREAU OF WATER DROUGHT WARNING – MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS

No one may water their lawn, nor may they water their gardens to grow food, except by filling containers and pouring the water onto the plants.

No sprinklers. Showers instead of baths. Full loads of laundry and full dishwashers (how they might track and regulate that is unknown).

No washing streets, driveways, or cars…unless it’s a car-wash business.

What will happen if you do this?

The water authorities are watching whatever water use they can detect in plain sight by driving around and noting lawn sprinklers, for example.

If they see such things, they will contact the “offenders” with a warning. After that, they will focus their attention on those individuals, watching to see if they repeat the banned water use. If so, they will impose a fine. Another offense and the water gets shut off along with the imposition of yet another fine. After that, the water customers must pay again just to get the water turned back on.

The city of Waterbury, Connecticut, draws its water from Waterbury Reservoir Number 2, shown here from a Google Maps screen grab:

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Waterbury Reservoir Number 2, Prospect, CT 06712

What this image does not show is the current state of the reservoir. It does not show the drought. Google Maps does not constantly update its images.

The restrictions on water use have been publicized on the local news, complete with an interview of a water delivery official.

Also available are articles about the drought. Here is one of them:

Drought Warning in Waterbury

There are various causes of this drought:

  • human overpopulation (yes, even in Connecticut, we have more humans than the ecosystem can support)
  • climate change
  • too many humans placing too many demands on the water supply (see above)

There are conditions which will only make this worse:

  • corporations, particularly water bottlers, being allowed to draw off exorbitant amounts of water for sale elsewhere
  • refusal by water authorities to admit, earlier this year, that a drought was likely and imminent
  • a general lack of interest by our species in long-term thinking and planning (except by a few, which is grossly insufficient)

People ought to be able to grow food in their home gardens and not rely on grocery stores.

Local farms ought to have enough water to stay in production.

Inner city residents ought to have access to cooling water from fire hydrant sprays.

Of course, to continue to have sufficient water for that to be possible, we humans would have to do things that we either do not, in sufficient numbers to make any difference, wish to do, or cannot, in sufficient numbers, successfully insist that our government require of big businesses.

What are these things?

A population policy, and a moratorium on water bottling corporations.

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