I would like to offer a suggestion to city leaders for improving on the present water problem. To begin with, we would keep the present odd-even system and the system dealing with the first letter of the person's last name, only extend this provision to the whole area.
Now we add the following: If a person lives on a street that runs north and south they would water during the hours of 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. If a person lives on a street that runs east and west they would water during the hours of 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. This provision should even out the water pressure in a given area. Next on a give street or block, water can only be turned on in five minute intervals beginning with the lowest numbered house and working up to the highest numbered with no allowance for additional time for the last house on the street as next week we would revers the order and work from the highest to the lowest numbered house. This provision would prevent the sudden drop in the water levels of the tanks.
Now we throw in some provisions that would help conserve water. If a household is willing to forgo five baths or showers in a week, they would be permitted an additional half hour of watering between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on the third Sunday of the month unless there is a full moon when this watering would not be allowed. If the head of the household is left handed, they would not be able to water on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month unless it rained that day.
For those homes with more than four residents, watering would be banned on the third Thursday, but if the household consisted of two or fewer residents they would be allowed an additional half hour on the first Friday between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
I don't claim this to be a perfect system, but it should meet the requirements of our elected officials. It would add to the confusion and frustration of the public and add to proof of the stupidity of our elected officials; plus they would not have to sit down and waste time thinking up new solutions to the problem.
Jack T. Eckert, Augusta