To the Editor:
Yes, capacities do matter! Exceeding them can be wasteful, if not hazardous. We see them applied to packaging, vehicles, elevators, and airplanes, just to name a few.
But when it comes to population, the heads of some elected officials are buried in the sand.
Seems like no political entity will apply the brakes. Moratoriums? Perish the thought! It might upset the developers who will take their business elsewhere.
A recent front-page article in The Bluffton Sun (June 14) brought to light a serious infrastructure concern with water use and treatment. According to BJWSA’s director of public affairs: “It is absolutely disconcerting, and we worry that it may get worse as more and more people move to the area.” But BJWSA seemed more concerned with its equipment than with dwindling water supplies. I almost fell off my chair after reading “… they (the customers) do not even need to use less water….” Are we not already in a severe drought?
I have the highest regard for the mayors of Hardeeville and Bluffton. Both are well-versed in government affairs and do an excellent job of keeping their residents informed. But when it comes to this trend of massive population growth, are they talking with each other and officials in Georgia about competing demands on the Savannah River for fresh water?
The primary focus should be on balancing growth with infrastructure and natural resources. I know: “We’re studying it.”
Sometimes it takes a cold bucket of water to wake us up … if there’s enough water to go around!