To the editor:
I do not understand why town boards allow so many developments to be built. 40B seems to make it all okay.
Developments are cropping up everywhere. A few years ago, I was shocked and heartbroken to see the deforestation on Linebrook Road for the sake of development.
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Anyone new to Ipswich could never imagine the difference: once a forest, now a development.
During a drought, regular residents use gray water and rain barrels to water gardens. We were told to flush toilets only when necessary and shower with a partner. Because I do not have a partner, I take a quick shower every other day.
We ordinary citizens sacrifice while developments water lawns in summertime.
What are our priorities here? A green lawn or water to sustain us? Why are we asked to conserve when so many developments are being built?
I understand that they are businesses, as well as golf courses and the two car washes in town that depend on water. Perhaps the town should consider the amount of water that businesses potentially use before more are permitted.
Then there is a problem with the Ipswich River, because so many towns withdraw its water. There is plenty of water now because of the rain. But observe it in summer — and the Wenham reservoir, which withdraws water from the river. One could almost take a walk in the river and use the beach at Wenham Lake.
The river is one of the most endangered rivers in the U.S., partially due to withdrawals.
Interestingly, Ipswich does not withdraw from the river, but depends on wells and the reservoir.
Isn’t it common sense that building more homes will take its toll on our water supply? Having had major droughts in 2016 and 2020 is a cause for concern. And let’s not dismiss global warming. Droughts are not going away.
We should listen to Joyce Kippin, who is an environmental engineer and consultant to water facilities. Refer to her letter of January 6 in the Ipswich Local News. She is the expert.
Water conservation is essential all year round — and needs to be done by every resident and business.