You may find this a little difficult to swallow but we are blessed to live in this area of the Great Lakes. As far as can be seen, we will have enough water to last for so great a time as to not be concerned about going thirsty. There is hope that there will not be some sort of disaster that would alter the situation, perhaps a meteor that would displace the lakes or an invasion from outer space or mass pollution by industry, something along these lines.

Just look at other areas of the United States. California can’t make up its mind if is going to burn, earthquake or mud slide off of the face of the earth. The South has no water then it is deluged with rain, the Plains first are running out of ground water then get flooded, the East Coast has plenty of hurricanes to keep them guessing. There is an outside possibility that we may drink the Lakes dry.

It is a rare sight when one is seen without a bottle of water. Sitting at a desk where water is close at hand, wouldn’t want to dehydrate from the stress of working a key pad. Walking outside, one is often seen with a bottle in hand. What would be the consequences of having to go to a water fountain and get hydrated? Although water fountains are becoming less conspicuous with all the water being purchased. Look at the sport venues, not a water fountain to be seen, smart, the venue can sell much more water, you have a captive audience. Whatever happened to grabbing a drink from a water spigot? That used to be a frequent occurrence in by-gone days.  

Soon the medical profession will come out with a decree that all this hydrating is bad for you. Not so unusual. It wasn’t that long ago that working out in the sun and perspiring wasn’t a good time for drinking water, according to the medical profession. The logic of that was that water caused cramps when overheated. At one time, salt tablets were the answer for the perspiring athletes. One has to wonder if the medical profession at that time was heavily invested in salt tablets. Why would they not be heavily invested in the bottled water industry in today’s world?

Whatever the rationale, water is a commodity that should be available to all people. It is vital. No one nor any organization should profiteer from something that is so vital to life itself. The ones who control this commodity are responsible to all people. To support anything other than the purification of water for distribution to the public would be criminal.

The City of Cleveland collects the money for taking care of our water and it goes into the General Fund, from which a large number of their bills are paid. The question then arises: are the payments of the water bills solely being used for the maintenance of the water facilities? How can this be determined? Is there some oversight to determine the proper billing and handling of this commodity? Are we all paying to subsidize the City of Cleveland through the Water Department billing? Would this not be another regional tax on the surrounding areas to support Cleveland? 

Leo Lampeter

Retired. Looking to create action.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 5:14 PM, 07.02.2017