Final Word on the Cistern
Yesterday's relatively light shower filled the 1,400 gallon cistern - again. Now, the third time since January 1, 2010. Despite the rantings of the syndicate, these rains in the last five weeks are at, or below, normal (instead of listening to idiots, try getting the facts - in this case from http://www.noaa.gov).
Therefore, in the dry season, the cistern saves a tremendous amount of water.
The City required a last-minute overflow valve - costing approximately $100 - pushing the cost to install a cistern to $600 from $500. As I posited, this valve is useless and in fact it is deleterious to your lawn. But of course, who listens.
So yesterday's rain proved the point. Notice this picture - the overflow valve is now flooding one area of the yard.
As opposed to allowing two gutters to overflow naturally and disperse the extra water over a much larger area and minimizing if not eliminating flooding in one area, the valve floods and damages one area. Perfect.
So for those that are actually going to pursue this idea, petition the City to negate this unnecessary, costly, and damaging overflow valve.
Lastly, there is a grant that just came available. In speaking with the director of said grant, it is highly likely that the grant will cover 100% of the cost of a cistern.
The grant needs to be applied for by the City (good luck) or by a home owners association (none on the island). It is a shame that yet another opportunity will be passed up.
It will be telling what happens next. If this initiative is stillborn - as it appears it is - don't blame it on the usual suspects. Unlike the STRP debacle, the efficacy of the cistern initiative has been proven in practice. There are the three non-syndicate councilors that have openly supported the cistern. The local newspaper has now covered it twice. The Florida Department of Health has abated most of the fee.
It is now up to the individual citizens - and therein lies the problem.
Now, onto the last battle solely for the sake of virtue, and then silence will reign.