in the USA, only 6% of all the used water goes to homes. Of that, only 5% goes to your kitchen, mostly to wash dishes. In actual fact, we only drink 58 gallons/year, or two thirds of a quart per day. Thus, it's not a big deal that I have a very simple solution to the water problem in the USA, particularly California, provided in magenta below.
90 cents per gallon, while a gallon of water can cost $13/gallon. Their ratio is 0.07. This comparison might not mean that much to you, but when I visited Qatar in 2010, here was one of my quotes regarding that country:
Gasoline is two and a half times cheaper than water. In the USA, gasoline is two and a half times more expensive than bottled water.
Wow! Bottled water in Qatar is now 14 times more expensive that gasoline!!!
- 90% of wastewater is dumped into rivers, streams and the ocean without any treatment
- the average distance women (note, not men) walk too collect drinkable water is four miles
- average weight carried on their heads is 44 pounds--try doing this.
- in the past decade, unsanitary water has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II
- amount of water it would take/day to support 4.7 million people at the UN daily minimum = 2.5 billion gallons
- amount of water/day to irrigate world's golf courses = 2.5 billion gallons
- Las Vegas uses most the Colorado River water to irrigate golf courses
drought problem, but the shortage can mostly be alleviated with a simple re-calculation of water costs to all users. You think our tax laws are unfathomable? Water rates in California are enigmatic and beyond comprehension. Why Governor Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water controls for the first time ever in California makes little sense when there is a more obvious solution.
This not to say that, globally, clean water is not a serious concern, for the UN reports the world could have a 40% water shortfall in 15 years, partly due to global warming, but also to population increase and inefficiencies. Feel free to read the UNESCO World Water Development Report.
Certainly appreciate the fresh, clean and cheap water currently coming to your tap. Now and then, though, imagine carrying a 44 pound container of water on your head for four miles, every day, for the rest of your life.
Incidentally, have you ever wondered where all this water originally came from? Tomorrow, I'll tell you.
Should you have been following the progress of Super Typhoon Maysak, computer models show the storm, now still at 100 MPH, weakening to less than hurricane strength, and making landfall with the Philippines Sunday morning, but sufficiently north of Manila: