A special message from The City Paper about conserving water

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 3:07pm

Modern Nashville has never seen a crisis like the one caused by last weekend’s rainstorms and subsequent flooding. Thousands of our residents have been displaced, lost their homes, cars, clothing, and in some cases the most basic necessities for everyday living. At least nine have lost their lives.

Mayor Karl Dean announced this afternoon that the damage assessment has topped $1 billion, and crews remain in the city’s hardest-hit neighborhoods accounting for even more. The president has declared Davidson and three other counties disaster areas, and help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is on the way.

As well, the outpouring of support from the citizens and businesses of this city has been tremendous. Volunteer efforts have been wildly successful, as have fundraising pleas. There has been virtually no criminal activity, according to Metro police. Instead of raiding people down on their luck, Nashvillians are lifting them up. It is humbling to watch.

But amid all this, citizens seem to be missing the call to conserve water. The city has two water treatment facilities: one is underwater and the other is working double-time. Meanwhile, our water reserves remain at less than 50 percent.

Metro government has issued multiple requests to cut your water usage in half, and the state last night imposed a mandatory water cutback, the first of its scale in Tennessee history.

They — and now we — are asking you to limit your water usage to essentials: drinking, food preparation, keeping your hands and body clean. Take a shower every other day. Hold off on that load of laundry. Let your dishes sit in the sink a few more days. Don’t use your dishwasher. Don’t water your lawn. Don’t wash your car. Metro Water is not going to shut off your tap, so don’t fill your bathtub with “reserves.”

If we all pitch in to conserve water, this disaster — already epic in proportion for so many — will not bring catastrophe to everyone. 

6 Comments on this post:

By: dangerlover on 5/5/10 at 2:22

When my prissy neighbor spends 30 minutes watering her flowers, is it okay for me to throw things at her?

By: jenthomp on 5/5/10 at 2:35

dangerlover: Call Metro water at 862-4600 to report it. No need for you to screw up your rotator cuff.

By: dangerlover on 5/5/10 at 2:37

Will they do anything about it though? I don't know if they have any power to punish violators. Also, I throw like a girl so my rotator cuff is safe.

By: Linesman on 5/5/10 at 3:23

I travel around Middle Tennessee and the Nashville area. What gets me is this: I see the Lowes, Home Depots, and Wal-Marts watering their plants a couple of times a day. And, the city is asking the residents to shower every few days or so... Does this make sense???

By: govskeptic on 5/6/10 at 6:23

Water is life to those plants/merchandise. Wouldn't consider
that the biggest waste when there are so many more
instances where savings can be attained!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/6/10 at 7:35

dangerlover, i saw my neighbors washing off their patio furniture and sidewalk and there was no damage on my street. wtf? i don't know that Metro Water can do anything about it if you do call!