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Letter: Conserving our water

Editor:

Most Prescott citizens, myself included, have done quite a good job of conserving water. The city has excellent programs to facilitate this such as the monthly presentations at the library, partial redemption for the purchase of water saving devices, etc. If I remember correctly from one of the meetings last year, the average household use of city water is around 115 gallons per day. This is really impressive if you compare it to some other cities where every other house has a swimming pool, (Phoenix) etc., and consumption is in the hundreds of gallons per day. Because we live in such an arid region, one would hope that our local politicians would take this behavior as a mandate for conservation by banking this water savings to protect the environment (Verde River etc.) as well as our quality of life by limiting growth. Instead of doing this, they just keep rubber stamping more growth and the water that we save just gives them carte blanche to do so. This begs the question, why bother, by conserving, we are just enabling more urban sprawl?

John Caywood

Prescott

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