In this part of the country it is easy to take our high quality water supply for granted. That’s too bad because the volume of our water resources and the premium quality of our water is one of our greatest (and perhaps most under-appreciated) asset.
Given the precipitation, topography and geology of our region, water is one of our more abundant resources. As a result, plenty of supply seems to have led to a sense of complacency, leaving people to think great water is much more common than it really is.
I was reminded how untrue this can be when one of our senior staff asked for the morning off to meet with a contractor she hired to install a more advanced water filtering system for her well water outside of the Kent City limits. After previously living in Kent and having such great tasting water, she was at her wits end over the sulfur odor and taste from her well water in the township. She was practically begging for City water to be extended to her neighborhood. Hopefully her new filter will help, but better yet, she needs to move back in to Kent!
Just take a glance through the headlines from various regions of the U.S. and you’ll find plenty of stories of long-standing water wars. The wild west was won not so much with Winchesters as it was with pipelines, dams and irrigation ditches. That dirty water has left a bad taste in many cities that fight for their right to drink water.
The value of our water quality and supply was evident when we were deep in discussions with a prospective food manufacturer earlier this year that had to have a water supply that met very specific requirements — all of which we met.
What started me on this water thread was a recent suggestion from former Councilman Hawksley who suggested offering tap water filling stations for festival or other downtown events that could be used to re-fill bottled water.
I passed along the product to both Kent State University and Main Street Kent and we all have enough interest that we’re starting to look into how much the units cost.
I guess it’s the modern version of the old public drinking fountains.