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    No Backup if Atlanta's Faucets Run Dry

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    All our cities are in the same situation. Perth, Sydney and Melbourne are building desalination plants. Guess who's screaming foul? the damn greenies!!!

    One solution has been proposed by an old professor. He's developed a wind turbine that drives a refrigeration unit that extracts water out of the air - the same way a glass of cold drink leaves a water circle on the table. Apparently one unit will produce 2000 liters of water per day.



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    • #3
      Yeah, we're kind of screwed around here. The ridiculous thing is we normally get as much annual rainfall as Seattle, although it tends to come in brief but heavy storms followed by sunshine, as opposed to constant fog and drizzle.

      But it's always easy to say when you live in an area with as much rainfall as we have: "Oh, the lakes will refill." You get complacent. But if development continues the way it has been, trees keep being cut and more people keep moving here... and there are no conservation measures being taken, no attempts to shore up the infrastructure, etc... well, things get pretty dicey. Some of the state and metro area planners around here need to be severely beaten.
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      • #4
        Well, I live in the high desert, and while there's some acknowledgement of that reality on the part of the state of New Mexico, developers are still salivating and trying to build as fast as they can...

        I will say that people around here do seem more conscious of water use. Can't remember the last time I saw a freshly-washed car, for example (I haven't washed mine in 2.5 years, but when there's a storm during the summer, I get a sponge and put on my bathing suit). Restaurants serve water only if you ask for it, and all the restrooms have signs for the benefit of tourists reminding them we're in a desert.

        But all of that's for nothing if the rain that's expected doesn't come, or if the snowpack doesn't develop. We had lots of rain last summer and during the winter, but things are predicted to be dry this year.

        In a few years or maybe less, water will be the new gold. The US will attack British Columbia and build water pipelines to feed LA Just kidding...I think.

        Meanwhile for those of you in Atlanta, good luck. Water is expensive and difficult to transport, and there are no easy solutions.
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        • #5
          Yeah, people are a lot more water conscious out west. In a place where it rains as much as it does here, no one gets concerned about it, that's the trouble. People continue to water like there's no tomorrow. Even when residents were asked to stop watering their lawns for instance, businesses were exempt. If you had a landscape contractor come to your house they could legally water your lawn. To this point it's kind of been like "Oh, you have to conserve water... but, wink wink, not really." But now it's "OMG we have 3 months of water left!" which is somewhat of an exaggeration too. It's a little hard to take the government seriously when they send these kind of ridiculous mixed messages.

          Fact is, if storing rain water in home (and business) storage tanks became a fact of life... if greywater became a fact of life... if we had stricter restrictions on cutting down trees, and on building miles of non permeable surface so the soil doesn't store any water... if people quit thinking they can just be incredibly wasteful of fresh water and everyone's going to look the other way while simultaneously crying that the sky is falling (or rather, uh, not falling)... then we wouldn't have a problem.
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          • #6
            Our water rates are supposed to nearly triple over the next two to three years. There's been an announced rate increase, due to a five million dollar shortfall in revenues. But the tripled rate increase would mean nearly $30 mil in increased revenues. People around here are crying "foul!" bigtime...

            And the developers keep building, and the county planners keep letting them - they want those tax dollars.
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            • #7
              Think rain!

              Love the song "Rainy Night in Georgia" (conway version).

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              • #8
                Perhaps we are living at the peak of human civilization and it's all downhill from here :-) That's a comforting thought. Of course the greenies were warning long ago that population was a serious problem and that conservation is important, and they were ignored.
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                • #9
                  I'm not learned in the subject, but from this and that I've read I get the impression that agricultural irrigation is the biggest water user (and waster).

                  Similar to global warning, I have this growing sense that the public is made to feel guilty about their energy/water-wasting sins as if they're the big problem when the major polluters and wasters are large corporate interests protected by thickets of lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians.

                  Of course, we should all pull together, public and private and governmental interests in saving energy and water.

                  But all we hear about is what the public should be doing, you naughty, naughty public.

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                  • #10
                    I think that most big agricultural concerns have gotten fairly efficient out of necessity these days, right? Profit drives them to be more efficient, to lower water costs as it gets more expensive.

                    Anyway, I kind of find it hard to believe that 6+ billion people use less water than agricultural business. They may use a lot of water, but there are a humongously larger number of us. So if every one of us uses a cup less a day, that's 6+ billion cups saved, which is a lot of water.
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                    • #11
                      Our water rates are supposed to nearly triple over the next two to three years. There's been an announced rate increase, due to a five million dollar shortfall in revenues. But the tripled rate increase would mean nearly $30 mil in increased revenues. People around here are crying "foul!" bigtime...

                      And the developers keep building, and the county planners keep letting them - they want those tax dollars.



                      Water... it's the new petroleum.

                      Notice that they've already habituated folks to buying their drinking water in disposable bottles... it should be easy to thoroughly monetize this essential commodity.

                      Next stop: the "de-socialization" of water.

                      Clearly, governments have been fostering dependency and sloth by being in the water infrastructure business.

                      What is this, the Soviet Union?


                      It's time for government to get out of the water business -- and we need to work overtime to assure that they keep their grubby, over-regulating hands off this important new part of the private sector.

                      We need to assure this -- so that the Big Boys can make some real money...
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                      • #12
                        Doesn't everybody drink "bottled water"?

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                        • #13
                          I sent my landlord an email with the article. At the bottom I left this note....

                          "Well, it seems that other parts of the country are having a pretty bad water crisis... how about you guys fix my bathtub faucet that has been steadily dripping for 3 months now????"

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                          • #14
                            Georgia is having a big battle with Alabama and Florida over water rights/diversion. The lakes run by the Corps of Engineers (Alatoona, Lanier) are sending water south to these states, putting Atlanta at near crisis stage. Of course, new impoundments should have been built years ago, when the Atlanta population surge began. I'm just glad I live on a lake owned by Georgia Power, no Federal interference, we're pretty close to full pool.
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                            • #15
                              And at the other end of the spectrum.....

                              It has rained 18 out of 20 days in October in Northern, WI.

                              Although the largest body of fresh water on the planet, Lake Superior is down 2.5 FEET!!!

                              From the Duluth News:

                              At nearly 32,000 square miles, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. But over the last decade its levels have dropped nearly 2.5 feet
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