Like a hibernating bear, Albuquerque's water cops have awoken to Spring weather to harass and threaten the city's homeowners. As usual, they are out telling us to use less and less water poised at any moment to get out their ticket book and start issuing fines for water waste which they define as water running in the street and sprinklers on between certain hors during the day.
Which is all nice, as who wants to see water wasted after all. However, the biggest waster of water continues to be the City of Albuquerque with rotting water pipes everywhere at the ready to break and spew away their precious liquid. Not to mention the City's watering of curbs and sidewalks as they strive to make asphalt grow in our parks. Oh, and let's not overlook their street median program which places water-hungry plants and trees in the middle of our roads.
The City of Albuquerque doesn't want us to use water but it's more than happy to use all it can pump.
But just say for a minute they really meant all this. What's the reason for making us turn off the faucet? As far as I can see, it's so they can continue to grow the city and bring in more businesses and more people who will continue to use more water. And then the city will harass us even more over our water usage so they can continue growing this city as they see fit.
I've yet to see any benefit from bringing in more people. We get higher and higher water bills, our property taxes keep rising, our streets get more crowded, our schools get lousier, our crime rates continue to rise.
Maybe it would be a godsend if Albuquerque did run out of water.
by © Clyde James Aragon
from "Full Frontal Stupidity"
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