Water restriction a serious issue

>Well, good luck, you enforcement peo­ple, you. We’re talking about whoever will be responsible for enforcing Milford’s water restrictions, i.e., requiring people to follow a schedule, to wit:

Lawn watering and things like filling a kiddie pool are restricted to early morning and evening hours of 5-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. and only every other day, corresponding to house numbers, as in on Aug. 13, those with odd-numbered homes can water.

There are consequences for ignoring the restrictions: first a warning letter and for people who simply refuse to comply, the town will turn off their water and charge them to have it turned back on. That could hurt.

But …

Obviously the town isn’t going to have water sheriffs driving around looking for violators. Rather, Milford is banking upon the good offices of neighbors to phone up (249-0667) and report violators. Some peo­ple might be reluctant to do that.

But …

This is a serious situation, this drought in which we find ourselves and we shouldn’t take it lightly. We’re glad Mil­ford isn’t. While you might find it hard to turn in your neighbor for sprinkling the grass at restricted times, do it anyway. Water is not infinite, believe it or not, and if an aquifer were ever to run dry, our regrets for our carelessness and callous­ness would be monumental, and too late.

Sure, that seems like a long shot. An aquifer run dry? Please. Tell us another fairy tale. Well, you can think of it as a fairy tale if you like your glass 90 percent full, but at a time when the climate is changing to a degree we can’t predict, we can’t be certain what might happen.

The easiest way to avoid problems, and to avoid forcing your neighbors to make an unpleasant decision (and whatever decision is made, it would be unpleasant because to do nothing is to exacerbate the problem), just follow the new water rules. Yes, your wonderful lawn might not look so beautiful but it’s just grass, for cry­ing out loud, it’s not renewable gold. If it turns brown, so what? That’s nature’s way.

And folks with private wells need to take heed, too. They are urged to conserve because, as we really ought to know, all wells draw upon ground water which, as we really ought to know, comes from rain and snow. And guess what? The rain and snowfall are 10-20 inches below normal this year so your wells are not as full as they were a year ago. You absolutely do not want to turn on the tap and get nothing.

Let’s all comply with Milford’s restric­tions. But if you think your lawn is more important than being part of the solution to a drought, well, all we can say is, we hope your neighbors do the right thing and make the call.