Letter: Write City Hall by June 25

Did you know that the water meter engineering reports say we have a good supply of water? asks Donna Semenoff.

If I were to try to force something on you, or corner you into something, I am guessing…

You might plead with me. You might feel sad, depressed and powerless. You might reluctantly submit.

You might publicly express your pain. You might join with others to try to get your needs met. You might feel hurt and angry.

Forcing has the high likelihood of leading to hurt feelings and straining our relationship. Forcing something now on you could mean we have difficulty working together in the future. It could be a very sad situation. This is clearly an “I win; you lose” situation, and it is actually an “I lose; you lose” situation.

About water meters…

Did you know that the water meter engineering reports say we have a good supply of water? The 2005 Drought Management Plan states, “Water conservation would appear a difficult sell to the residents of Grand Forks considering they have an abundant supply of high quality water, even during significant drought periods.”

The 2011 Grand Forks Water Demand Management report states, “In Grand Forks, water supply is very good as the source aquifer is highly productive.”

And, did you know that when a calculation of our residential use of water was made, it likely included some of industry’s water? This is evident when comparing our 2010 and 2011 engineering reports.

Also, did you know that our city’s water use has been going down over the years? In 2014, Grand Forks pumped 1.8 million m³ LESS from its wells than it did in 2006.

We are clearly not in an emergency situation with water in Grand Forks.

But, learning water conservation is still wise, because it is the responsible thing to do to be earth friendly and it could save our city money. It could give our city the chance to apply for grants to replace infrastructure (city pipes, pumps, etc.) There are so many fun and interesting ways our city could learn about and work towards water conservation that haven’t been tried yet.

Residential water meters with increasing water prices are not necessary for water conservation.  What it takes is a commitment of the heart, of the mind, and taking action.

I am hoping we can work towards a win-win-win, a win for those who want water meters in their homes, a win for those who don’t want water meters in their homes, and a win for beautiful Grand Forks!

I urge all residents in Grand Forks to write City Hall by June 25, 4 p.m., and tell them you don’t want any more forcing, that you want a fair and considerate outcome for all regarding water meters and water conservation.

Title your letter “Water Meter Input” to ensure your wishes are presented to council.

– Donna Semenoff, Grand Forks