Resilience: Woburn Has Some, Let's Invest in More

Saturday afternoon we were home, either doing projects outdoors or indoors conversing with a journalist about our considerations of and preparations for the future we imagine.  We didn't tune in to any kind of media during the evening.  We knew nothing about the Boston area's water supply troubles until our son, a resident of Arlington, called.  He asked if we knew of the ruptured pipe and the authorities' advice to boil any water that would pass one's lips.

Immediately, we began to imagine the inconveniences. When we learned that Woburn is not one of the affected communities, we were relieved and happy, of course.  For us, life will go on being simple.  Too bad those other communities had all their eggs in one basket!  How wonderful that in this city we draw water from more than one source and can choose which one, or ones, we will tap.  Because life requires water, making an extra effort to ensure its continuous availability is a rational choice.  We're grateful today that our predecessors chose to invest as they did, that they made arrangements for access to water both under foot and in a big pipe not far away.

The next thoughts, however, were questions.  How thorough were our predecessors?  Did they think of everything?  How thorough have we been?  Have we anticipated any difficulties, any departures from normal?  Do we also have multiple sources, including local ones, for necessities such as food and fuels?  Can we rely on sources we have now to (nearly) maintain normal life if a big system's part breaks or it malfunctions?

If not, what are we waiting for?  The way to have redundant and/or alternate systems in place is to put them in place.  We can begin with modest visions and become more ambitious as we proceed and succeed.  To the extent that we do it together, with our own energy and time, we will grow with our ambitions.