Here in my hometown of Minot we’ve been under water use restrictions for weeks due to the water infrastructure being damaged by flooding. We’re not supposed to use water frivolously, and the water we do use has to be boiled before drinking.
Today the Minot Daily News is running a poll asking what should happen to those caught watering their flowers or spraying off their driveways, and it made me laugh out loud:
Note the lack of an option to vote for “nothing” or something less draconian than having your water shut off like, I don’t know, a warning.
Right now “A stiff fine” is winning with 55% of the vote, with “Shut off their water” coming in a distant second with 38% of the vote.
But hey, let’s go one better. Why wait for citizens to report one another for watering their lawns? After all, some neighbors may not want to report their neighbors or, worse, may actually collaborate with them in schemes to use more water.
Maybe the city should review water meter records and target the worst offenders. Yeah. That’s the ticket.