Letters to the Editor

Water choices

As Bob Dylan once said: “The times, they are a-changin’.”

We live in an age when drinking water has become more expensive than gasoline. The reality that the availability of clean drinking water in the world will be the next resource crisis seems almost too remote to be believable. But locally, we are facing the one issue that will dramatically affect the health of our local economy for years to come.

We know that with the current rate of our community’s population growth combined with the subtle rise in global temperatures we face water shortages with very few options. The inevitable choices that we, as a coastal community, share include rationing, lack of landscape irrigation, the halting of residential development and most importantly, reduction in agricultural production.

Available fresh water should be recognized as our greatest community priority, and I think it’s time to take John Lindsey’s lead (“Desalination yields premium water” Nov. 24) and revisit the possibility of developing a desalination plant that will serve our coastal cities, counties and state offices.

Let’s act together, as a community, to preserve our coastal way of life by ensuring that we have ample fresh water for our families.