Letters to the Editor

Don't underestimate the value of water

Water may someday be as valuable as oil, as it is already in some arid parts of the world. Our Midwest is under a serious drought, affecting our production of corn and wheat.

I propose that oil pipelines headed south from Canada be given a double use, by adding a pipe within a pipe so that water can move as well.

This water could be sold for irrigation to farmers. Depending on the pipe size, this water could make a significant difference in crop production.

Likewise, I suggest that many communities with adequate or excessive rainfall dig reservoirs to capture water that would otherwise drain away and incidentally create attractive recreation areas. This water could be piped or trucked to local drought areas and sold when needed.

Chester F. Cotter