: j Water crisis past
iSUMMER RAINS have taken the area's .water problems for
the sharpest edge off the spring years there must be an awareness
water crisis within the past two that water problems too much
weeks but the basic problem is still or too little will be with us for
with us. More than 10 years of years to come.
drutght have depleted the water In event of a wet year we shall
table throughout the greater find that vast areas of residential
STampa Bay region. development have been unwisely
SThe Board of Governors of the constructed since the floods of the
SSoutheast Florida Water Manage- early 1960s. If the dry years contin-
Sment District took action this week ue we shall* find that the expanded
to lift the ban on wasteful use of population is overtaxing the avail-
S- water. Unfortunately, the city of able resources.
Tampa has not been able to offer We must hope that public offi-
similar relief to city residents. The cials on all levels will continue to
Hillsborough River, primary work toward a sensible water poli-
source of the city's water supply, cy in a more unemotional way
is still at a hazardous level. How- during the time when the crisis is
ever, relief is on the way. in a state of remission.
-While we must all welcome the The real crisis isn't a thing of
thunderstorms, the passing of the the past. It's something that will
crisis stage seems to mean the be coming back again and again.
problem will be forgotten until Our water problems aren't some-
next spring when the drought thing that respects political bound-
months are upon us again, aries. Work on solving the shortage
But to those who have watched must continue rain or shine.
J. Stewart Bryan ........................ Executive Vice President
Richord F. Pittman ........... ... Vice President & General Manager
Sam Stickney .............................. Editorial Page Editor
SBruce Witwer ... ... .............. Acting Managing Editor