Initially I did not see the “joined-at-the-hip” association between government regulators, large engineering firms, think tanks as well as university professors

I must confess whenever I read or hear the words – water rationing – I find them abhorrent and contrary to some ingrained belief from childhood that water – clean and safe – would always be available. 

 

My own business career over these past 35 years has provided me a quite different perspective one I did not willingly endorse.  As a contractor in the water and wastewater industry beginning in the early 70’s, I can today reflect upon positions and actions we took pursuant to government regulations.  I have no doubt some of those actions, today, with the benefit of hindsight and experience I conclude were fundamentally environmentally wrong.    

 

Initially I did not see the “joined-at-the-hip” association between government regulators, large engineering firms, think tanks as well as university professors.   There existed from the get-go a revolving-door between these entities and today one needs a play-book or roster to delineate in what capacity the respective players are serving at any moment in time.  

 

“We” – that’s you and me – JOHN Q. PUBLIC – have been from the outset deliberately excluded from those discussions where the substantive decisions are rendered.   There comes a point, I feel, where individually each of us is required to look into the mirror and ask if chose to seek and demand full, open, honest, timely disclosure about the condition of our water.   Whatever your personal answer may be, and I certainly do not intend to challenge you, the current results indicate – collectively – we truly do not care.

 

Water has been allocated to highest bidder.   No, not the highest bidder to which we may be accustomed at an open, honest, fairly conducted auction, but one conducted via stealth, where, possibly, as a result of handsome political contribution, water is selectively allocated in our stead, though we have no meaningful input into this process   Water achieved under such methods often ceases to have any more value than merely another cost or expense item in a P&L statement.   It seems to me that we should not be surprised then to learn that much, if not all, of the water in our nation, has been marginalized to one degree or another.   Over time such marginalization understandably results in water of such diminished quality if not quantity so as to invite discussion about the need to ration or allocate water via some institutionalized method.

 

When we choose to see – water – as part of the “commons” perhaps then we will choose to direct our time, talents, focus, intention and financial resources to developing equitable and honorable solutions to the water dilemma we all face.    Is water rationing but one potential solution in a quiver of arrows we might direct towards the target…?  

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