A well-known quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner…
Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.
It must be difficult for most Southern Californians to contemplate the idea of a drought when the Pacific ocean is an ever present landmark. We can gaze at its beauty… swim and surf in its waters… and yet, the millions of gallons are non-potable.
Perhaps that is a contributing factor to the fact that, despite incessant warnings about severe drought, water usage in Southern California has increased by 2.3%[ref]KTLA[/ref]. As the Republic of California continues to run out of water, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed an executive order that implements sweeping changes, including:
- Mandatory water reductions to reduce water usage by 25 percent
- Replace 50 million square feet of lawns with drought tolerant landscaping
- Create temporary, statewide consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with more water and energy efficient models
- Require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use
- Prohibit new homes and developments from irrigating with potable water unless water-efficient drip irrigation systems are used
- Ban watering of ornamental grass on public street medians
- No water restrictions for agricultural entities[ref]LA Times[/ref]
- Fracking not only can trigger earthquakes, it used approximately 70 million gallons of water in 2014[ref]Think Progress[/ref]
- The 124 Coachella Valley courses, on average, use nearly 1 million gallons a day; 3-4 times more water per day than the average American golf course.[ref]Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought by Zeke J Miller[/ref]
So what are possible solutions for California drought relief?
One might involve re-opening the 1991 water desalinization plant[ref]NPR[/ref].
Our favorite solution, one that might do good on both coasts of the United States could involve Gov Brown sending tanker trucks to California from Boston. The record snowstorm from New England south equals a lot of potential water. Tanker trucks hold 11,600 gallons (346.4 tons) of water.
This past winter, 110.6 inches of snow fell in Boston. Add that to the snowfall from the mid-Atlantic to the mid-West. Granted, snow to water is a 10:1 ratio. The question: could fleet of tankers bringing water cross-country could be wee bit of relief for CA?
A good question to present to Gov Brown. Ya think?
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