Ideas to manage our drought

By From page A12 | February 02, 2014

Since California is in a drought and facing water rationing, are restaurants being instructed to ask patrons if water is wanted, before automatically bringing it to the table? Notice how many glasses are left untouched or little-used, especially if the patron has another beverage. A restaurant in Pleasant Hill does this routinely even in good rainfall years, with a small sign on each table, “instruct server if you want water.”

Also, why couldn’t some of the excess water in another part of our nation be sent by truck or train tankers to a dry area? Water could be siphoned from the Mississippi River before flooding; it wouldn’t stop the flood but it might lessen damage in some areas.

The excess snow now damaging the East needs to be cleared by snowplows and trucked to open areas. Why not let it melt in tankers and taken where it is needed? The idea of hauling water to drought areas isn’t new; it happened with barrels on horse-drawn wagons. This isn’t potable water but it could be used for other needs.

Yes, it could be costly, but isn’t it costly to recover from drought, flooding and snow damage? Couldn’t that money be better spent where lives might be saved?

I wrote to a congressman years ago about this idea and he wrote back that it wasn’t “feasible.” Is recovery cost “feasible”? If our nation can send men to the moon, why can’t we take excess water from one area and send it to a needed area?

Joan Sisson


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