from the urls-we-dig-up dept
California hasn’t seen much rain over the past few years, and this drought is really serious now. Culprits of high water usage are popping up in various news stories: almond growers, farmers in general, swimming pools, golf courses, fracking, green lawns, car washes, wineries, etc, etc… Multiple billion-dollar infrastructure plans are underway to try to distribute water more efficiently or make more water available to major cities and key locations. However, the environmental impact studies for some of these huge water projects aren’t complete — and the requirements for them are being relaxed. Will Californians regret spending billions on some giant water tunnels?
- California is running dangerously low on water now that it’s in its fourth year of drought. Various kinds of rationing rules could start to kick in soon — with pricing schemes that will encourage everyone to take shorter showers and get rid of grassy lawns. [url]
- Why can’t California try desalination to solve its drought problems? San Diego is building a giant desalination plant, but it won’t be ready until 2016 — and the resulting water is expensive.. and the water produced can only supply a small fraction (~7%) of the state’s water needs. (Plus, the salt has to go somewhere….) [url]
- Desolenator is a solar powered device to turn seawater into fresh water, and it’s already achieved its Indiegogo funding goal. This isn’t a large scale device. It only produces about 15 liters of clear water per day, and it’s really only practical for people who live near the ocean (or on a boat). If it works, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to all the salt and/or brackish water waste from these things. [url]
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