IBJOpinion

Hotel water plan is wasteful

October 3, 2009
Keywords
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
IBJ Letters To The Editor

I would like to take exception to the topic and the quote in [Scott] Olson’s article in the Sept. 21 IBJ regarding the de-watering system planned for the new Marriott Hotel.

The idea of taking perfectly good water and dumping into the White River is a colossally dumb idea on several points:

• It is shortsighted in that it is taking perfectly good drinking water and wasting it, in light of increasing water shortages nationally and in light of the city of Indianapolis’ alternative water supply, Geist and Eagle Creek reservoirs, [being] polluted to the extent that swimming is not advised.

• Has there been an environmental study showing the long-term impact of lowering the water table to the wells around 16th Street, now used as a source of water, particularly in light of Mayor Ballard’s recent concern about the need for increasing water for an increased Indianapolis population?

• There are opinions from people wiser than me that say lowering the water table will cause adjacent rivers to dry up. What then will be the effect on sewage flow from the Southport Road Sewage Treatment Plant, which already reports there are times when there is more sewage flow than water flow in White River?

I don’t necessarily buy the accuracy of the quote in your article, “The water was going to the river anyway.” Lowering the water table, as indicated by cities around the country facing water shortages, is not that simplistic. Coming from an engineer, responsible for the public well-being, [that] was irresponsible in the extreme. Done by a firm who touts themselves as being green-oriented is hypocritical as well.

I showed this article to fellow board members of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association in the New Mexico/Arizona /Texas/Southern California part of the country and they think such a practice of wasting perfectly good water is crazy bordering on criminal.

Citizens of Indianapolis and public officials should be protesting this waste of a public resource.


E.W. Bob Boulware

President
Design-Aire Engineering Inc.


ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
ADVERTISEMENT