After close to a full year of drought conditions, the reservoir which supplies my city with water is back up to 100% capacity. Woooohooooo. We have gone from an exceptional drought to back to normal after a wet spring and I am thrilled. What I'm not thrilled by is some of the official statements I read in my local newspaper now that the postmortem on the drought is being written.One of my favorite statements by the public utilities director was when he said: My main focus is going to say that the drought's what caused the water supply shortage . . . Well duh!The City Manager said he has no regrets about waiting until the reservoir was nearly 9 feet below normal to ban lawn sprinklers. He said, We avoided the crisis. That is so ridiculous. They avoided the crisis because it started raining before we ran slam out of water. We never should have gotten that close to it happening.
I am glad that they are keeping some of the restrictions in place and are discussing plans for the future but it bothers me that none of the city officials will acknowledge that they let the situation get far too dire before acting. Oh well, hopefully in spite of all the irritating statements I'm reading in my paper, there will be some positive steps made to plan for future droughts.