In Minot, Some Are Wondering If There Should Be Jail Time For Those Using Water

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.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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