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Pat Shingleton: "Delivering Water at Warp Speed..."

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago May 20, 2015 May 20, 2015 Wednesday, May 20 2015 May 20, 2015 2:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Star Trek's Captain Kirk, better known as William Shatner has proposed an interesting water-plan. Through a program called Kickstarter, proposes raising $30 billion to fund a massive pipeline to pump water from Seattle to the nation's largest reservoir at Lake Mead, Nevada. In the late 1980s, Alaskan governor, Wally Hickel proposed the construction of a 1,400-mile-long, 14 foot diameter pipeline to sell California 1.3 trillion gallons of water each year. Further studies indicated that once the water reached California each gallon would cost 10 times the amount of a gallon of desalinated water. California Governor Jerry Brown has initiated measures  toward reducing the state's water usage. By example, restaurants can be fined $500 for serving a customer a glass of water if they haven't asked for it. Drinking water for California's 38 million residents accounts for one-tenth of one percent of the state's water needs. It was recently reported that the worst offenders are bottled water companies. Nestle bottles groundwater in five bottling plants, from Morongo reservation, accused of stealing water from the state's national forests for over 25 years without needed permits. The state's water board doesn't track water usage.

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