23 August 2014 AD
Just to be perfectly clear on the issue of water in the Ray Hubbard Reservoir: it’s not Rockwall water. That entire pond is the lawful property of the City of Dallas. Yes, it’s on Rockwall County dirt, but it is not “our” water. “Our” water is the product of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and “our” water comes from “our” lakes.
At present, here are our water sources in order of importance:
- 30% – Lake Lavon
- 28% – Lake Texoma
- 15% – Jim Chapman Lake
- 8% – Lake Tawakoni
You may turn up your nose at recycled waste water, but it’s not just restricted to places like Wichita Falls – we’re doing it, too, just very differently. Our NTMWD has in place an enormous wetlands project down in Kaufman County. The East Fork of the Trinity River runs through Lake Lavon and Ray Hubbard Reservoir, down through Kaufman County. It’s under that bridge you cross driving along highway 80 between Forney and Dallas. The district is using natural means to clarify and cleanse the water. Is it truly river water? Yes. But more. Do sewers run into this water? Yes. Think about this when you next brush your teeth. But, don’t panic: our water is totally safe to drink.
Only member cities purchase NTMWD water and these member cities include Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City and Wylie.
Member cities, in turn, sell water to client cities. Rockwall sells water to Heath.
A board of directors oversees our water district and our two representatives on the board are banker Larry Parks and former County Judge and practicing attorney Bill Lofland.
Yelling and screaming at our representatives will not produce more water, but there is something we can all do to protect this life-giving resource: we can creatively conserve water.
My neighbor across the street, an expert in landscapes, uses crushed granite and native Texas plants that are naturally drought resistant to conserve water. Over in my yard, I have “trained” my grass to go get its own water down deep in the soil. I never irrigate, but my grass is as green as neighboring lawn that are irrigated.
The ultimate option for water is God. I refer you to the book of 2 Chronicles, chapter 7, where God imparts instructions directly to King Solomon after consecration of the temple in Jerusalem.
“And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven so no rain falls [we call this drought], or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people [AIDS, ebola?], If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
In context, the above was spoken about the people of Israel. This text also embodies a principle, a cause-and-effect relationship between God and man, therefore it applies to our situation.
Should we wait a while before repenting to see if things just naturally turn around for us?
Soli Deo Gloria