Letters to the Editor

Fort Worth water restrictions

Blake Woodard’s argument for citizen decision-making on regulating days for yard irrigation is a good one.

Why not use a progressive price system to ration water much like we depend on our market system to ration productive resources?

The city could charge a minimal fee for small amounts of water and increase the price as quantity used increases. The water authority could even provide a basic level of water at no cost to the home owner. This should encourage homeowners to try more xeriscaping using native plants that thrive in our extreme weather conditions.

— Harry Ledbetter, Hurst

I agree with Councilman Zimmerman.

Who will enforce this measure is a real problem for residents and neighbors that could bring a reason for “open carry” in the neighborhood.

We clearly can’t have the same enforcers who are guarding the 20 mph speed limit through the Fort Worth Zoo! We will all die of thirst!

— Lee S. Anderson, Fort Worth

I am appalled at the homage paid to the Woodard Plan by the Fort Worth City Council. Blake Woodard’s plan is unenforceable.

Voluntary compliance has to be a central piece of a water conservation plan, and the more visible the process the greater the level of compliance. The Woodard Plan gives cover to water conservation scofflaws because it removes structure and depends solely on voluntary compliance.

Postponement of the vote was an affront to the city staff.

— Bruce W. Cavin, Fort Worth

Would it not make better sense to try an “honor system”-type approach to watering rather than encouraging another government mandate? Two-day-per-week watering for all. We choose the days. If that does not work, then let’s reassess.

We do not need more government intrusion in our lives. I urge the Star-Telegram’s editorial board to consider a different approach toward water conservation: Discourage population growth that we clearly can’t handle and end fracking!

— W. M. Hiett, Saginaw

Even if this drought lasts 15 years, citizens already understand the urgency to be careful of each other’s drinking water. We don’t need the TRWD regional police control of our town. We follow guidelines given to our town.

Who doesn’t recall from school that trees produce moisture when they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Is it time to reduce traffic lane ornamental plant watering along with ornamental fountains that use drinking water?

— Beverly Branham, Fort Worth

The critical need for water conservation is obvious.

Our growth will almost certainly continue and, as the recent PCC report indicates, the ongoing climate change will result in worse periods of drought.

At last week’s council, five members were unmoved by these concerns. Having now had a week to research and reflect upon both this plan and a more complicated and chaotic alternate proposal, I am confident the council will vote for the original proposal.

— Keith K. Annis, Fort Worth