Static’s boss asked for a little research help: Is this the earliest that watering restrictions have ever been instituted in Fort Worth?
Well, um, yes, boss. Since watering restrictions in Fort Worth actually have been in force since last summer, you could say this is the earliest they’ve ever gone into effect. In fact, the city council last month finally voted to make the twice-a-week rules (that is, Stage 1 restrictions) permanent: No sprinkler-watering at all from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., even-numbered residential addresses do their irrigating on Wednesdays and Saturdays, odd-numbered ones on Thursdays and Sundays, businesses and other places turn on the tap on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the whole town is dry on Mondays, so to speak. (Maybe there’s a new ad campaign for bars in there: “Can’t water today? Come on in and get sloshed with us.”)
The reason for the question was the Obama administration’s restating of the obvious this week, that yes, Virginia, there is climate change going on, and it’s coming down your chimney as we speak. As various industries continue to trash this rock as though it were a hotel-room after-party, the planet is moving into DefCon4.