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State drought still on. Only 90% of average this year.

Discussion in 'INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL, PROVOCATIVE, EDUCATIONAL' started by Stan, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Stan

    Stan Well-Known Member

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    El Nino wasn't even better then average let alone a deluge. We never did have an all day and all night heavy rains for even two days. When it was heavy..for the night,then stop by sunrise.
    At least at 90% gardening will exist another summer in the bay area. How the rest of the state allocates is complicated. The range of snow pack was (roughly) 110% north Sierra,90% mid Sierra,and 80% Southern Sierra.
    As we all know how they split up the water north and south is more then can be explained.
    As we reach April- no rains in sight.

    I tell you- it killed me to read how billions of gallons were let go,because they came so fast in such short bursts water managers worried dams might be damaged. At least divert to wetlands..not drain pipes. Ugh.
     
  2. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    The problem has never been enough water. It has always been whether State and Local Governments can increase the amount of water storage commensurate with growth. There's plenty of water falling each year on the state, just no place to store it. During a good storm, go down to the coast and look at how much fresh water is emptying into the ocean from the streams and rivers. Seems simple enough, but politicians only worry about one thing - getting re-elected - not the possibility of drought years in the future.

    If you are going to allow more homes, businesses, and people - then you need to provide more water storage. If you don't or can't increase the amount of water storage, then don't allow new housing tracts with tens of thousands of homes. It's not rocket science. All new growth should pay a fee to be dedicated to providing new water storage. Shorter showers and rock gardens is not a practical solution.
     
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  3. A method for natural water storage adopted here in Kerala state is rain water harvesting. Ferro cement storage tanks in tens of thousands have come up all over for this. A new proposal for statutory rain water storage facility for all new constructions is on the anvil.
    Politicians are always like they are only everywhere. At least one sensible head among them who is pro people can bring revolutionary changes.
    No good person will ever like politics let alone be a politician.
     
  4. Stan

    Stan Well-Known Member

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    What about city homes on small lots Dr.? Or older nice small homes..pre storage? Its hard to fit a container the size of a home near a home or even under it- with all the extra plumbing. In California,self sufficient homes are usually not practical homes. Publicity stunts. Or,out in the country.
    Speaking of politics..the State of Arizona is charging people who have solar panels! "Nothing is free" is the Arizona motto I guess.
     
  5. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Hawaii has been using "catchment" forever - and in many areas it is still the only way to get water. But it is a substitution for municipal water, when it is not an option. And it is still not totally practical during drought situations. It works fine when it rains, pumps and water tanks can service a home just fine. Or it can help for irrigation. But, when you really need the water is when it hasn't rained - so everyone's tank and storage is dry at the same time.

    The reality is - when it stops raining - everyone is in trouble - unless the government infrastructure has been set up to supply water to the development they allow. They either have to build more storage or limit the amount of people and/or business - you can't have it both ways.
     

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