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July 7, 2015

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Money would flow in water pipeline

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We can pipe oil and gas all over the U.S., but how about water? Nada.

I can live without the first two. Our country needs another stimulus project, so let it be fresh water! In addition to accessing natural reservoirs like the Great Lakes, we can develop giant new flood retention water basins on all the major rivers with wind- and solar-powered pumping stations dotting the horizon. After all, access to water isn’t always local.

This is a politician’s dream. All across America, hundreds of thousands of new infrastructure jobs, funded by a small tax on potable water, could be created for many decades.

There could be new hunting and fishing areas for sportsmen; the NRA won’t object, and environmentalists will be preserving newly created wilderness while we’re using renewable resources to reallocate fresh water to cities and farms 24/7 across the country just as the need arises.

It’s the “just in time” water wagon. Can’t you hear the fish jumping, the geese honking, the elk bellowing and see the corn growing? What’s not to like?

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  1. "We can pipe oil and gas all over the U.S., but how about water?"

    Go ahead if you want to pay $2-4 a gallon for water like you do for oil and gas.

    The better idea is desalinization of sea water. We have large population centers and important agricultural assets near coastal areas that could be supplied in this manner. This would relieve pressure on water resources in the interior that are currently pipelined to the coast.

    In Nevada, we have limited water resources. We live in a desert and we need to quit pretending we don't. It's ridiculous to consider pipelining water from other parts of the State so we can cram more people into one valley. Limited water cannot support unlimited population and tourism growth.

  2. By most accounts, the US aquifers are being used up at rates greater than they are being restored/replenished. Look around us to see how much water is wastefully used on a regular basis.


  3. Profit can be found anywhere, depriving people of drinking water is an example when water is treated as a commodity.

    "It sounds draconian and contrary to the beliefs of many humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations which declared water as a basic human right in 2010. However, if we expect to take the correct steps forward to solve the global water crisis, then water must be treated as a commodity not a basic human right."

  4. To satisfy our ever-increasing need for water, we need to have integrated systems. Although costly, desalinization near coasts is one strategy. It will place priority on use demands, and will relieve sole dependence on snow pack streams and rivers.

    Utilizing treated grey water on crops and landscaping is a strategy now also being used in many parts of the country.

    What we are NOT seeing is SUSTAINABLE planning by Commissions. Somewhere, the growth has to stop, and SUSTAINING and strengthening what is place must take priority. Consistent efforts in conservation need to be happening. Who is enforcing laws about broken water lines, sprinklers, and water running loose in parking lots and streets? Here in this desert, I regularly see water wasted, and been told they will get around to it. Sometimes a month, year, or never. Where's the justice?

    Most maps show flooding areas, be they 100 year, 20 year, or seasonal flood plains. There are locations where it consistently floods and these waters can be harnessed BEFORE tragedy hits (which contaminates the waters). Having been a heavy construction superintendent's wife (building dams, locks, channels, highways), I have quite a bit of knowledge and experience in this area. The letter writer reflects a viable plan that would truly be of benefit for many. I have witnessed this throughout this country and around the globe.

    Politics is a BIG player in this. With human-changed, altered geography, having a profound impact on the environment, creating more demand, not less, for water, we must do what we can to address supplying the most basic of needs...water.

    Blessings and Peace,

  5. Water is cheap compared to gas and oil.If for some unforseen reason water rates were to jump to oil and gas price levels,we would hear water companies telling us that we need to make water available in areas of our country facing drought.Money seems to make man move on much needed issues.

  6. Mr. Rychtarik

    Ah...I think that the water from the Great Lakes is already spoken for!!!

  7. One problem: we already threw away all the stimulus money and then some.