Well, last night's downpour put a new glow of green on some hills this morning, but according to TVA, only resulted in one hundredth of a foot of water going back into in Normandy Reservoir. And it is still steadly dropping. The cut of the flow from the dam has helped ... but the numbers are still going down.
The problem is that it appears some folks are not taking this water shortage too seriously.
Every morning and evening, I spot several locations on Highway 130 going toward Tullahoma where someone has their sprinkler systems cranked up at their high dollar homes. Most of the water is not even reaching their carefully manicured lawns, but is instead sprayed all over the street.
Seriously, are your yards really that important?
While we are under voluntary restrictions at this time, I haven't seen too much evidence of folks taking this to heart. It even appears to me that the rules set up for the eventual mandatory restrictions have some things put into it that we could really do without already.
According to our story from a few months ago, when the lake reaches 850 feet, Stage 2 will go into effect, which includes:
The watering of fairways on any golf course or athletic field would be restricted to the hours of midnight to 5 a.m.
Are golf courses and ball fields being green really such a major priority? Apparently so, because if we get to the last critical stage when the lake drops to 840 feet, then...
Commercial nurseries and vegetable gardens would be restricted to the absolute minimum water usage to keep plants alive.
Golf course tees and greens could only be watered on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from midnight to 5 a.m. and ball fields only watered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the same time period. Water that is served for drinking purposes at restaurants or other public or non-public eating establishments would be restricted to be served only as requested by the customer.
So agricultural businesses will have to get by with barely enough to keep their plants alive, but Hole 13 will still look good. Remember, if we reach this point, Tullahoma and Manchester will have really serious problems with their water supply, but hey, at least you can hit the links and work on your game.
We really seem to have our priorities mixed up here. Badly.