California progressives, under the direction of Gov. Gerald “Jerry” Brown in his fourth and final term, are okay with the fact that you could soon be drinking water that comes from your toilet.
Brown recently gave his approval for a toilet-to-tap water proposal in view of the state’s worst drought in over 1,200 years. According to the climate change “truthers,” California’s drought caused by climate change, cost Californians over $2 billion last year.
Brown, finding the concept of drinking recycled toilet water humorous, joked at a recent conference before a crowd of political and business leaders that “I know people don’t like ‘toilet to tap,’ but it is memorable. It is memorable,” Brown said.
What is even more memorable to the taxpayers of California faced with yet another “hard to swallow” solution from the liberal Brown, is that Brown had an opportunity during his first term to consider more appropriate ways to prevent water-shortages during times of drought in California.
While critics argue that desalination is expensive and has environmental impacts, it’s difficult to believe that the process can’t be improved upon to lower costs of private organizations are given the opportunity.
What typically delays the process and increases the expenditures in the state, are the years the California government makes a private company jump through its bureaucratic hoops to secure permits. Additionally, multiple lawsuits brought by environmentalists assure that the cost of building a desalination plant will be costly.
Still proponents of desalination claim that there are currently more than 17,000 active desalination plants in 150 countries and estimates that approximately 21.1 billion gallons of water are desalinized each day to serve the needs of 300 million people, mostly in the deserts of the Middle East.
Currently, it is believed that less than half a percent of human water needs are satisfied with desalinated water.
Proponents argue that desalination of one acre-foot a year that a family of five consumes would only double the average water production cost to about $2,000, according to a 2013 study from the state Department of Water Resources.
Without a viable solution in the governor’s opinion, Brown signed an executive order recently, calling for an immediate adoption of a 25 percent mandatory water conservation to reduce overall potable urban water use statewide.
While Brown has not supported desalination in the past, it would seem that he is beginning to make some gestures toward supporting desalination plants within his state.
Brown recently called on districts to streamline their permit practices and to begin to invest in new water infrastructure technologies.
Perhaps someone should have reminded Brown earlier that fellow Democrat President John F. Kennedy had spoken in favor of desalinization in 1962. Maybe Brown wouldn’t have waited so long to finally support the concept and offer to help private organizations cut through his bureaucracy’s red tape had he known.
Desalination is not Brown’s only alternative to saving California’s precious commodity.
Brown also could have called for the building of water reservoirs instead of watching as the state’s limited rain water ran back into the ocean.
But alas, “spending” not “saving” is a concept all too familiar with progressives so don’t be surprised if it’s full steam ahead for the toilet-to-tap concept.
San Jose, Calif. already recycles its waste water and produces more than eight million gallons of water a day, enough to provide water to more than 17,000 homes. However, currently the water is used only for irrigation and manufacturing.
However, Brown in trying to assure those hearing about his most recent water-saving solution that there is no need to panic said, “Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen overnight. And we’re going to test.”
Most people in California have heard it all before and know that once again the state is trying to “feed” its citizens a “line of bull” or in this case have them “drink” it.
Californians need to tell Brown, no thanks, but that he can drink up if he’s so inclined!
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