Common sense for common good

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

To the editor,

I commend the city’s low cost and simple solution to prevent a reservoir from running dry. Concerns about fires and health were mentioned as reasons in the article in the paper. Though we may not have any fires, the city still decided to take the potential risk of fire seriously and ask all of us to do our part to use a little less water in order to keep more water in the reservoir, just in case.

When I first read about the restrictions, I thought about my lawn, garden and flowers that are thriving with daily watering, and the inconvenience of remembering which day of the week I can water. This seemed to me like a hassle when there may not even be a fire or the reservoir may not even continue to drop at this pace. But then I thought about the worst-case scenario risks and weighed them in my mind against the costs to me of adjusting my watering plan, and ultimately agreed with the city’s restrictions. They seem like common sense.

A year ago when the resources that were being stressed were our health care workers and hospital, a simple, low-cost solution of wearing a piece of fabric over our mouth and nose to prevent disease transmission to the most vulnerable in our community was recommended. I remember how my initial reaction to wearing a mask was similar to my first thoughts about the watering restrictions. However, in thinking about the full costs and benefits, the risks of unknowingly transmitting a disease that could harm vulnerable people had to be balanced against my discomfort.

I am glad to see that the city is following a prudent and productive path in regards to the shared resource of water. I pray the city’s new approach to embrace common sense restrictions to benefit the common good will continue in the future when public health and resources are again at risk.

Debbie Huber Dillon