edatoakrun wrote:="mbender"Sondy132001 wrote:No offense but you're missing the point here, our Water District is mandating a 24% cut in water consumption or get fined, so this is something we "HAVE TO DO", so I can read these articles all day, but it doesn't negate the fact I have to cut 24% so I am !
...I so look forward to serious desalination efforts -- discussion, funding and construction, on a massive level and (yes) federally subsidized...
Desalinization is much more expensive and energy intensive then treating wastewater for reuse, which is already being done on a large scale, though those on the tap side of toilet to tap seem to prefer not to notice.
I'm not "missing the point" that California residents face mandates to restrict their water use, I am pointing out that almost unimaginable quantities of water are still being wasted in inefficient uses, due to various government subsidy programs, make many of these government mandates absurd.
Maybe these points are best illustrated by the Redding CA municipal water system.
Even though the city is located on the Sacramento River, it has very limited rights to use the water that flows through it each day. Like all other municipal water agencies, Redding residents face mandatory cutbacks (and are also taking measures such as collecting buckets of water in their showers) even though all the water that enters the Redding sewer system is not "wasted", but treated, and then released back into the Sacramento river.
This treated wastewater is available (some time later) at the Delta pumping stations, and eventually flows from the taps of Central and Southern California residents.
Notice that Redding's two wastewater treatment plants are placed on opposite banks of the Sacramento River:
http://www.ci.redding.ca.us/municipalut ... _11x17.pdf
How is Shasta's, Trinity's levels, BTW? Planning to camp there in a week or two.