Water policy needed
To the Editor:
Re: "Water, Pond Levels Worrisome" in the December 13, 2007 issue, the Town of Shelter Island should take a closer look at plans implemented successfully in areas that are facing similar water conservation predicaments: Block Island, Nantucket, and even Bermuda (www.blockislandwater.org is a helpful Website).
Conservation has to begin with education in school to create a personal philosophy toward conservation and with public awareness not only of homeowners but also of visitors to the
The Town of Shelter Island might offer incentives to both homeowners and owners of commercial properties (hotels, restaurants, etc).
Water Advisory Committee member Will Anderson comments that the problem is not with water use inside, but outside the house. There are a multitude of things a homeowner can do to conserve water within the home. A very good Website, which includes a room-by-room tour featuring helpful conversation tips, is www.h2house.org.
The solution needs to come through implementing a plan that includes creating public awareness, gaining community support through incentives and working toward thoughtfully researched long range goals. Adding another salary to the budget to police homeowner and contractor behavior is not the answer. Taxpayer dollars would be better utilized through researching and implementing a policy that has been successful in other areas.