Our community has a wonderful group of supportive and caring people. They come together in so many extraordinary ways. But its underbelly shows a deep division that has kept the community in limbo over the water issue for years. The repeated drought condition has required severe water conservation, making lives more difficult, expensive and cumbersome. To maintain any kind of garden or landscape has become nearly impossible for some residents.
Now a further division among our residents has been created due to the water shortage. There are those residents that have the means (the haves) to obtain landscape water, and those that do not have the means (the have nots).
Im not talking about money here, but other kinds of means. The haves have the physical strength to handle the required hoses and buckets to water their gardens, they own a pick-up truck with a water container strapped to their bed, or a lot size large enough to house storage tanks.
The have nots may have none of the above and are storage limited by lot size. Regretfully, the have nots will be forced to give up their gardens, which is in no ones best interests.
According to the above criteria, my family could be considered a haves. We have a pick-up with a tank and a sizable storage tank on our half-acre. The storage tank is designed to capture rainwater from the roof and works beautifully (WHEN IT RAINS!). As most of my readers know, gardening has been my passion since my retirement and I intend to continue it on a limited basis.
I feel great sadness that the have-nots will be struggling, and, Im afraid, giving up working in the soil, an activity proven to be both physically and spiritually therapeutic.
As for the future months, there is no guarantee that the free nonpotable water will continue to be available. If this water shortage is a permanent condition of living in Cambria, our CCSD must find a solution, and move quickly. We must support them in this effort.
No growth, no progress is not acceptable here or anywhere in this changing world. Whether a result of global warming or other changing climate patterns, we can expect more drought years in the future and we need a solution. I do not cry for water so that our beautiful village can become a metropolis, I cry for water so that the residents living here, and future generations, can stop and smell the roses.
These water buckets are getting mighty heavy!