It ain’t over ’til it’s over!

Ashland Public Works allowed the city’s stretch of the TID canal to fall into a state of disrepair because they had a plan to re-do the canal with a pipe project that has galvanized city citizens into action. The pipe project was rightly voted down because of the cost, destruction and disruption it required and the existence of better alternatives.

Everyone concerned agrees that the water losses must be must be addressed.

So, now that the pipe plan has been voted down (thank you, council members), what happens to the canal water that is leaking out each season? The Public Works “call to arms” alleged that over 62 million gallons are lost each irrigation season due to leaks and evaporation. Evaporation is a necessary part of nature, but the leakage can mostly be traced to approximately 23% of the existing canal. These “worst” sections, and much more, could be rebuilt or repaired for under $1 million and right now, before water starts running again in April.

Was water loss only important to Public Works when they wanted an expensive new project to oversee?

I believe that repairing and maintaining city assets is absolutely the responsibility of city employees. Public Works needs to move forward and stop moping because they didn’t get their way. The TID canal needs their attention immediately! Money for canal repair has already been approved in the current budget, so let’s get to it!

In this day and age, there is no glamor attached to fixing things. One’s attention is drawn by the next shiny new product, toy or project and the durable, tried-and-true is tossed aside, valueless. I say we need to re-evaluate our perspectives and fix things that are broken, not merely toss them aside.

Can someone please tell Public Works to roll up their sleeves and do the right thing for the community and the canal?

John Hauschild, Ashland