The Norman Transcript

Letters

February 10, 2013

Think long-term in Norman water debate

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Water is the most valuable resource in the world. Currently, there is a severe drought in many parts of the United States, and it is causing a huge environmental and economic problem. Ground water levels are at historic lows. In Norman there is currently a water ban that restricts unnecessary water usage — such as watering lawns in the middle of winter.

Because water is integral to economic development, the water shortage must be addressed, or higher costs associated with drought could have a detrimental impact in Oklahoma. I believe that the water shortage stems from many different sources, but the two main reasons for the water crisis in Oklahoma are climate change and our attitudes regarding water usage.

Climate change is the rising global temperatures and the differing climate and weather patterns caused by human behavior. This leads to decreased precipitation and in particular, Oklahoma. This drought is causing the city of Norman to purchase water from Oklahoma City because the city’s consumption is greater than its supply.

To solve the water shortage issue, attitudes toward water consumption must be addressed. Americans use the largest amount of water per capita compared to the rest of the world.

An average American family uses around 400 gallons of water per day. This excess consumption of water has led to food and water shortages, increased prices of water, and higher prices of holding and transporting water when the water demand exceeds supply and water has to be transported.

We must look at how our habits further exacerbate the problem and how buying water from other cities and short-term water bans is not addressing the long-term issue.

We as citizens of the world need to become more efficient in our water usage and not do things such as water lawns when the grass is dormant or taking excessively long showers.

Reflect on how our actions today are going to affect future generations. Are they going to be able to have access to water? Or will our excessive consumption create a shortage that cannot be fixed by simple means? Water habits need to change today for the children of tomorrow.

SARAH SANDEL

Norman

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • League of Women Voters meeting

    Editor, The Transcript: On Saturday, May 10, the Norman League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Ave. SW, Norman, OK, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm....

    April 12, 2014

  • Frackers should use gray water

    Editor, The Transcript: As reported by Joe Wertz in the March 31 issue of StateImpact Oklahoma, Finley Resources, a Texas-based oil drilling company, has arranged with the city of Norman to buy Norman’s drinking water from hydrants to use ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Columnists have it wrong

    Editor, The Transcript: I typically enjoy Class Act (the Q&A with school counselors published on Fridays) very much. I think they bring a rational and empathetic response to parents’ concerns when it comes to the challenges students and ...

    April 8, 2014

  • An unfortunate response

    Editor, The Transcript: On April 1, the citizens of Norman voted to approve the renewed PSST and to make it permanent by a narrow margin of 3,798 for versus 3,660 against. As a result of this vote, Mayor Rosenthal stated in The Norman ...

    April 6, 2014

  • Apathy and lack of understanding may doom universal health care

    Editor, The Transcript: Enrollments in the federal and state health exchanges were higher than expected and late enrollments are expected, yet people still contend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not going to be successful....

    April 6, 2014

  • The Medieval Fair as a measure of human progress

    Editor, The Transcript: This upcoming weekend we are invited to “Step back in time for a day of revels at the Medieval Fair. Enjoy mirth and merriment with kings, queens, knights and fools as the kingdom comes alive.” It’s an opportunity ...

    April 6, 2014

  • Acts of kindness still alive

    Editor, The Transcript: Random acts of kindness may be an overused phrase, but when kindnesses happen to your family, it is great to know it is alive and well....

    April 4, 2014

  • Property tax increase needed

    Editor, The Transcript: Household and government budgets are necessary to keep spending on track. Voters’ choices can determine the direction of budget cuts and adjustments. Always vote smart....

    April 2, 2014

  • What a friendly city, community

    Editor, The Transcript: A couple of weeks ago while traveling through Norman, my two small children and I had to make an unexpected stop in Norman to have our van repaired. Although we were “stranded” in a sense, I can’t think of a ...

    April 2, 2014

  • Public needs renewal

    Editor, The Transcript: As a professional first responder, I live each day knowing how critically important a sound public safety communications system is. In Norman, I have the privilege of serving with the great men and women of ...

    April 1, 2014

Video
Facebook