Winter Variety Show Dec 15, 1100 am. Check Library website for location
Mini-Library open for services. Repairs underway.
Pasta with Santa Dec. 10th 5:30-7 pm Pinecrest Clubhouse

Just a Drop to Drink

by Jeff Weise
March 12, 2018


It has been said that few people pay much attention to water until the day that they open the tap and nothing comes out.

Just a Drop to Drink.

It has been said that few people pay much attention to water until the day that they open the tap and nothing comes out.



We have all seen pictures or heard stories about poor natives walking miles every day to fetch water. Closer to home we have read about reservoirs running near dry in Georgia, heard about sea water leaking into the aquifers in southern Florida and witnessed the effect of draughts and water rationing in California.


In recent years the Holliston Water Department has taken steps to proactively preserve our water supply by: passing out rain barrels for personal use, providing dye tablets and other tools to identify leaks, limit outside watering during particularly summer months, maintaining daily records of consumption and establishing a tiered rate system to discourage higher use.

But, how would you react if you were suddenly limited to 13 gallons of water per person per day? That’s enough for a 90-second shower, a half-gallon of drinking water, a sink-full to hand-wash dishes or laundry, one cooked meal, two hand washings, two teeth brushings and one toilet flush.
As of now being reported by the BBC, the New York Times and multiple other international news sources, that’s exactly what the 3.9 million residents of Cape Town South Africa are facing. Further, based upon their current usage and dam levels “Day Zero” has been predicted to occur on May 11, or before. At that time the daily water allotment will be reduced to 6.6 gallons per person per day and, to obtain that, all residents will have to collect their allotment from one of 200 designated wells in the presence of armed guards.
 



According to Time Magazine (http://time.com/cape-town-south-africa-water-crisis/) past attempts at conservation have not been good enough. “This dystopian scenario is no bluff.” “Although a decline in agricultural use has shifted the date forward since the beginning of the year, there has been no significant reduction in urban consumption, accord­ing to the mayor’s office. Day Zero could just as easily be moved closer if city residents don’t continue to conserve. The looming shutdown has prompted chaos, with a run not only on bottled water but also on water tanks and jerricans. Once lush city parks and golf courses have withered, and public restrooms now urge visitors to flush only when absolutely necessary. High-end cafés use paper cups and plates to cut down on dishwashing. Many fear for their livelihoods; analysts estimate that the water crisis will cost some 300,000 jobs in agriculture and tens of thousands more in the service, hospitality and food sectors. If employees have to take time off from work to wait in line for water, it’s going to have an even greater impact on the economy.”

Cape Town may not be the first major cite to run out of drinking water but nor will it likely be the last. At least 11 other major cities are currently facing problems, e.g., Melbourne Australia, Sau Paulo, Brazil, Beijing, China, Miami, Fl . . . (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-42982959) Fortunately Holliston is not one of them. But the prospect certainly merits some serious thought.

Jeff Weise
Former Holliston Water Commissioner

 

E-mail This Article

Comments (0)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Articles by Jeff Weise:

Open Casino Letter to the People of Everett, MA

Having read in the April 2 Boston Globe that prospect for a casino at Suffolk Downs is losing its support, and now having listened to the lengthy presentation recently offered to you by Steve Wynn (http://www.envisioneverett.com/#teletownhall), Everett should definitely vote “Yes” for the casino.

Continue ...

Bonney Drive Resident Takes a Stand

Yesterday I wrote the following letter and, with a copy of the bull's eye map, took copies to each of the seventeen houses on my street. I was impressed by several things: First, general awareness that this is an issue but, second, lack of specific knowledge and/or a sense of imminence. Several said, "I know this was an active issue last year but thought it then faded away." Also, although Bonney Drive is just three miles from the site many people still did not know that.

7

Continue ...

Why a Total Outside Watering Ban?

Why did the present "Total Outside Watering Ban" suddenly happen?

6

Continue ...

Enterprise Funding: Pros and Cons

Water Department Enterprise Funding: Pros and Cons In 1986 legislation was passed in Massachusetts that enabled communities to establish enterprise funds for specified municipal activities including water and waste water operations. Enterprise funds are not a reserve or source of money. Rather, enterprise funding is an accounting tool; used to account for operations that are financed and operated like a separate business or where greater accountability of revenues and expenses is desired. To date approximately 700 individual municipal operations in MA are said to have converted to enterprise funding, including well over half of the water and sewer departments. Enterprise funding is used for water in Ashland, Framingham, Medfield, Medway and Natick, among others.

1

Continue ...

Water Usage Analyzed

Water Usage Analyzed To the Residents of Holliston: Holliston’s expanded Mandatory Water Use Ban was lifted on September 1st. To all who complied with the emergency request: Thank you!

10

Continue ...

Advertisement

Recent Articles in Politics:

Selectmen Approve Marijuana Testing Lab

by Bobby Blair

Continue ...

The Much-anticipated Mudville Traffic Study is Here!

by Chris Cain

When I studied science in school (in addition to reading, writing, and 'rithmetic of course), the professor would say, "In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data." Holliston's Board of Selectmen must have gone to the same school because they wanted data before considering any traffic volume and speed mitigation strategies in Mudville. The McMahon group recently delivered their 104 page report to the Selectmen (and to the public via the town's website). https://www.townofholliston.us/sites/hollistonma/files/uploads/mcmahon_mudville_traffic_pattern_analysis_memo_2018-11-07.pdf Rather than having everyone read the entire report, below are some of the data presented in a 'did you know' format. Did you know the current speed limit on all streets in Mudville is exactly the same as on Route 16 in downtown Holliston - 30 mph. Looking at the compilation photo above, what might strike you - besides that there are no speed limit signs anywhere in Mudville?

5

Continue ...

Selectmen's Meeting: New Tax Rate - Relief Options for Seniors

by Mary Greendale

Getting ready for the Classification Hearing. (L to R: Selectman John Cronin, Principal Assessor Kathy Pearce, Lesley Kennally, Assessor, and Peter Barbieri, Assessor. A few light moments...

3

Continue ...

Selectmen's Meeting - Quick Bits

by Mary Greendale

Bar Athena will open in the Jasper Cafe downtown location on February 1st according to owners/operators Lisa Mendoza Wood and Gordon Wood of Hopedale (photo).

Continue ...

Selectmen's Meeting -- Mudville Traffic Report

by Mary Greendale

It was standing room only tonight as the report on the Mudville Traffic Study was to be discussed.

5

Continue ...

Advertisement