Recycled Drinking Water, Future for Drought Areas

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    May 10, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
    NYT: As California and other areas of the country grapple with drought, the reuse of water is less a technological challenge than a marketing one.
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    May 10, 2015 7:17 PM GMT
    Having lived in Southern and Northern California, the State has not grappled with the issue in view of my opinion of the environmental groups opposing other solutions not just curtailing the use of water, water restrictions, increasing of water prices,recycling, etc., also the political and monetary muscle to get things done. The governor Brown inability to push a comprehensive water policy and technologies to get us back into a non-drought state by using other technologies.

    The State and the communities at large could solve the problem just as other nations (i.e Israel, etc.) have in essence made the dessert bloom. We have to look at several alternatives, not just one option, such as water desalinization plants (environmentalist oppose this), build more sustainable water dams, dripping irrigation, recycling, etc.

    The other main issues is the huge Central Valley area of California with millions of farmers taking large amount of water from the Colorado river to irrigate their crops, as well as depleting water table acquifers from their lands, since not only California exports large amount of its fruits and vegetables to other states, but other nations.

    To really tackle the problem we need the governor and legislature of California to stop with small minded solutions and tackle the issue head on with construction of projects, tax incentives to corporations/engineering firms that are able to give us other solutions to this issue.
  • Antarktis

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    May 10, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    Realistically, why bother to tell the public at all? Water by its nature recycles itself. What they're doing is treating it.
  • bro4bro

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    May 11, 2015 3:10 AM GMT
    The reason nobody does anything very serious about droughts in California is because they never last. There was a major one in the late 80s-early 90s, and a worse one in the 70s. They come along every once in awhile, and then they go away.

    Water is a highly political issue here. Farmers account for a tiny percentage of the state's population and economy, but they use 80% of the water - and while residential users are expected to cut back, the farmers get their usual allocation.

    There are even farms that grow rice here! Growing rice takes a ridiculous amount of water, and more than enough is grown in the Southeast where water is plenty. Why should I drink someone's recycled piss just so a few farmers can make poor choices?

    And - btw - I grew up in a farming community. In Ohio, where there's plenty of water, farming is not big business, and poor choices lead to bankruptcy.
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    May 11, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    Here's an idea. Pull Nestle's permit to literally pump water into bottles, and then ship it out of state for sale to people who've been duped into thinking that drinking tap water is "bad" for you