Letters to the Pilot

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Teed off about golf course watering


It is surely understandable that, under circumstances as they are at the Storm Lake water plant, folks are asked to conserve water - even to shut down operations at Bil-Mar and IBP. It would be good for us all to always be a bit more conserving of our water.

It is not understandable to me to see what I saw on Saturday evening, July 20. I was called into Storm Lake on a little emergency. About 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of 120th Avenue and Highway 7 East, I stopped at the stop sign and observed a City of Storm Lake truck carrying a large circular water tank, capacity 1,400 to 1,500 gallons. A long hose was attached to the tank and was extended across the ditch into the golf course where two men were watering the green. Perturbed and angry I went on to finish what I needed to do. Upon returning on Highway 7 East I came upon the truck still there with one small lantern and a barricade up behind it. Darkness had already came on us, it was after 9 p.m.

I like to golf, too. But this angers me that the golf course is necessary to our lives - above watering gardens, etc. I say to those who authorized this watering - a whack on your back with a dry towel. For shame!

Chris Widman,

Storm Lake