Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fresh Water Pressure

Nearly all of the state of Texas faces a looming crisis that most people living here seem to be completely oblivious. After a brutal summer of record setting temperatures and little or no rainfall, the local lakes and reservoirs have been depleted to the point where several counties in North Texas could soon be without fresh water.  I reside in one of these troubled counties.

According to the regional drought monitor, the county in which my house resides is in the D3-D4 range.  This is likely to get far worse since no significant rainfall is indicated in current long term models.  Ouch.

If this isn't disturbing enough, I frequently hear neighbors and coworkers whining about dead grass and bushes in their front yards.  Today, I even had the pleasure of listening to someone complain that his tree has dried to the point that the strong winds last night snapped his tree in half.  Now he has to pay, "... to have the stupid tree removed.  And in THIS economy," he rants, "I just don't have that kind of money to throw at a dead tree."  And yes, he blames Obama.  Not about the drought, mind you, he blames Obama for his monetary situation.  But I digress...

He doesn't have money to throw at a dead tree?  You poor baby!  I know I'm being an ass, but this is the same guy that serves as the chairman for his homeowners association's lawn compliance.  (Yes, they have those.)  And he boasts about how he's serving everyone in his neighborhood by keeping property values high.

I hate to beat a dead horse here, but give me a !#$@ing break...  He doesn't have money to throw at a dead tree?  Just wait for our water bills to skyrocket as the water companies frantically build the infrastructure to keep the faucets going.  And who cares about a tree, or bushes, or a green lawn, or golf courses when we're talking about fresh water for human beings??!?

That's right. Everything, including assholes, are bigger in Texas.  Well, except the supply of fresh water.

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