This week’s C-Ville has a very thorough article on the water woes facing our region. In my opinion, it was slightly biased, but not offensively so.
On March 1, a group of 17 people from a range of city and county groupsâ€”the Piedmont Environmental Council, the League of Women Voters, Citizens for Albemarle and othersâ€”sent a letter to Charlottesville Mayor David Brown and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Chair Dennis Rooker outlining their concerns with the James River pipeline and the water planning process in general.
â€œThere is no immediate â€˜water crisis,’â€ the letter asserts. â€œWith the addition of the water from Beaver Creekâ€¦ this community would feel no shortfall of water supply even during the most severe drought through the year 2018.â€
This seems extraordinarily short-sighted. Any solution that is actually agreed to would probably take at least 10 years to see the light of day. I would like to know what this group’s definition of “shortfall” is. When we had the drought in 2002 (and here), we had a severe shortage of water – hence the water restrictions; and . Beware: the area is suffering a severe drought, and serious water restrictions are in affect at public buildings and restaurants. – this, from a Washingtonpost.com article in 2002. Ah well … I am sure the politicians are looking out for the citizens’ best interests above all else.