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Wasting Water

Posted: October 31, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

We are throwing away a precious resource: water. We pay to import water from the north, but the treated wastewater we discharge is free to our downstream neighbors.

In fact, they complain about its chloride level. Fat chance we could ever get them to pay for it.

My suggestion is that we use that treated wastewater ourselves by building huge catch basins which could allow our treated wastewater to percolate down, filtering to once again become potable.

It would re-charge our wells and replenish our aquifer.

The only objection seems to be because of the power necessary to pump it up into the catch basins. But that didn’t stop the Newhall Water Company from laying pipes all the way over to eastern Canyon Country. I’ve seen them myself.

And what about all the power used to pump the imported northern water up over the Tehachapis?

Is my suggestion just an old lady’s cockamamie idea? Or is it just possible that in decades to come, as northern water becomes scarcer and more expensive, and our area’s water requirements grow and grow, we are going to have to find a way to conserve our water?

Help me out here, folks. Are there water specialists or Sierra Club engineers who can answer these questions?

How far down and how fast would it take for water in catch basins to filter down far enough to become potable? Would there still be a chloride problem?

How would the pumping and other maintenance costs of the catch basins compare with the cost of buying northern water, pumping it over the mountains and distributing it?

Could catch basins be constructed so that repairs could be minimized when we have heavy rains?

And finally, does anyone have another idea of how we can stop wasting our treated water?

 

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