Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Water Water Everywhere But Not A Drop To Drink

With the continuing drought conditions in California and severe drought across much of the Western US, many are beginning to question the limits of availability of our most precious resource and the activities to which it is allocated.  Foremost among the primary parties is industrial operations, which consume a great percentage of available resources, while the agriculture industry is not far behind.  As the primary food produce for the US and a significant food exporter to other nations, this segment is being asked to make better use of their resources.  Enter the third aspect, decaying and decrepit infrastructure, and all the elements of  potential  disaster are in place.

Some things to note are that the industrial organizations that use water usually don't have a way of capturing the water and reusing it.  While there are methods to do so it is costly and most companies won't invest in these types of operations.  On the other hand the agricultural companies who use water are more effective at the reuse of it.  Some of the water will evaporate while the water that seeps into the ground that quenches the thirst of the plants to help in their growth will go back into the ground and back into the aquifer so the water is reused somewhere else in the county.

Some things to keep in mind when you use water. How much is necessary, is it really a need or just a want.  Will the water you are using evaporate or is it going to a drain or into the ground and into the aquifer.  For example when you wash your car you can do it on the grass and kill two birds with one stone.  You can wash your car, the soap is good against pests and water the grass at the same time.  This is being water conservative and we need people like you to think ahead to help conserve our precious resource.

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