Regarding Brian Tripp from the consulting firm W.K. Dickson and his statements regarding per capita water usage, I must disagree. It is easy to do a web search for "per capita water usage" and find several reliable sources that all consistently state the average usage per person is 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. Mr Tripp is quoted "In 2010 the average residential water use per capita per day in Franklin was 175 gallons, which is actually spot on with the national average that is also 175 gallons per capita."
If his information on average usage is incorrect, I also question if the people of Franklin use twice the amount of water as the average user? This information directly impacts the need and size of the future expansion of the town's water system. I sincerely hope the Franklin board continues to investigate the plans based on future growth and current usage.
Karen Ellis — Franklin, N.C.