Time to conserve is now

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 9, 2006

&8220;Take all you want, but eat all you take.&8221;

This common phrase found at all-you-can eat restaurants will prove to be a handy piece of advice for Shelby County residents as we head into the summer months.

A number of amenities that we as American&8217;s are used to are coming up in short supply.

Our society&8217;s reliance on things like fuel and running water in our homes has put us in a tight spot when wells run dry and gas prices go up.

The city of Alabaster sent a letter to its residents in the past few weeks asking them to conserve water after a number of wells in the city failed and had to be shut down.

The price of gas has skyrocketed once again, just in time for the busy summer vacation season. We&8217;ve been asked to conserve our driving in order to combat the inflated prices.

While going without the weekend trip to the lake this summer and the hour-long relaxing showers are relatively easy things to deal with for most people, there are those who simply refuse the idea of conservation.

Instead of insisting on watering the lawn every day, we need to rely on the rain a little bit more.

Instead of traveling across the nation on a summer excursion, we need to be considering a closer vacation spot.

Experts are telling us that we need to conserve these resources as supplies temporarily run low and demand continues to grow.

If there is a better solution to these issues, let&8217;s hope it can be found.

Until then, there is little we can do except to be frugal with everyday commodities like fuel and water