The folks in Los Lunas are showing the rest of us the way. Water usage has actually gone down there in the last year or so. We’re not sure whether folks have heard the message about the drought or whether they’re just good citizens who want to save themselves a little money.
They’ve got the right idea. We’re on the verge of a full-blown crisis. Our municipalities aren’t thinking they’ll run out of water any time soon, but those acquifers aren’t being recharged with water from rain or snow very fast these days.
Any teaspoon of water we can save will help. Put a brick in the back of your toilet to cut down on the amount of water that goes through. Fix those leaks because they can throw away gallons of water senselessly. Water your yard during the night when water is less likely to evaporate. Don’t let the tap run a while before filling your glass with water.
Every little drip helps.
Meanwhile, we urge pastors and congregations to pray for water this Sunday. A little divine help wouldn’t be out of order for this natural world.
And, again, we urge all governmental entities to get together for regional water planning because water will always be in short supply.
Dry periods and wet times are cyclical — at least so far — in our experience. But we have such tragic examples as the Anasazi, a civilization forced to move, scientists believe, by drought. We pray the same does not happen to us.
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