Midland Resident "Harassed" Over Water Usage

Kristen Lowe
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - 80-year-old June Sutherland has always prided herself on having a great lawn.

"I water when I want to, because of my well," she said.

But when her watering habits started to gain notice from people driving through her neighborhood, she says she felt harassed.

"They would do bad gestures, or roll down the window and say 'you shouldn't be watering, it's Monday,' or sometime they would even have a camera," she said.

Sutherland has lived in her house since 1974. She said her neighbors know she has a well. The traffic passing on her street, however, did not.

"I got such a complex about it from the harassment, that I finally called a company and asked them to make me a sign," she said.

It's a modest black and white sign, but it has gained a lot of attention from the media and other well users who say they are being harassed, too.

"I've had numerous people stop here and ask where I got the sign," she said. "They said they were having the same problem."

At it's core, Sutherland said she understands their anger.

"I would probably do the same thing," she said. "But I also knew that I had lived here all these years and that I wasn't breaking the law."

She says her understanding is because she knows that they are all worried about the same thing; that one day water will be so scarce, it will affect a lot more than just lawns.