Too little water? Or?

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    Too little water or too many people?
     
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    Could you be just a tad more vague?
     
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    he's talking about his outhouse
     
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    I'd have to taste it first--maybe it just needs salt
     
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    I dunno UScit

    Maybe there is too little Potable water, too little drinkable water....only about 6% of all the water on earth is drinkable.

    The answer would be not to spoil or waste, through pollution, our drinking water available...

    and probably to spend the time to create a means to cheaply make salt water in to potable water....

    And perhaps figure out how the heck to capture and store all of the fresh water melting from the ice caps and glaciers in the artic and greenland... :D

    It is a damn shame that we flush our toilets with drinking water instead of reclaimed water....some sort of easy retrofit of all of our toilets, could be created...?

    I don't think it is as simple a choice as having only the 2 choices to choose from, when it comes to water vs people....there is lots we can do, on the water end imo.

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    The area in FL where I used to live has been on watering restrictions and such for over 12 years...
     
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    As we reported last month, Yale researchers Rob McGinnis and Dr. Menachem Elimelech have developed a proprietary desalination system called Engineered Osmosis that they say could produce clean drinking water from seawater or other wastewater at half the current cost. Now that their new company— Oasys Water—has secured Series A funding, it can proceed with the development of its potentially revolutionary commercial desalination platform.

    Company officials claim the Engineered Osmosis (EO) process can produce drinking water at less than half the cost of current desalination methods by eliminating the need the for high-pressures used in modern Reverse Osmosis systems, thereby cutting electricity and fuel demands by more than 90%.

    The result is a reduction in the economics of seawater desalination that will ultimately bring the cost of producing water from the ocean below the cost of conventional surface water, such as that used in California’s aquaduct system.

    “Water shortages are no longer a ‘far-away’ problem,” said Aaron Mandell, President and CEO of Oasys, in a statement. Mendell noted that the ongoing drought in California, coupled with the fact water production is already the single largest use of California’s electrical grid, makes such developments so timely.

    Engineered Osmosis: Revolutionizing Saltwater Desalination : CleanTechnica

    Water should not be an issue as long as we apply the resources to harvest it. The biggest issue with these salt water plants up until recently has been the cost related to fuel however thats not so much an issue any longer. One other issue that these plants run into like almost every other major construction project in this nation clean or otherwise is the environmental groups that oppose almost every project for various reasons. Like the plant set to be built in California.

    California has been in a water crisis for years. Poseidon is one of many private corporations who are hoping to end that crisis. Specializing in desalinizing salt-water so that it can be used in homes, the Poseidon desalinization plant could provide 15 million gallons of fresh water a day–enough for 100,000 homes. For years now, the company has been struggling against environmental groups and the Carlsbad city council in order to begin construction of its plant on the coast of Southern California. On Tuesday, November 11, 2009 they were authorized to receive public bonds that could amount to $350 million over 25 years.

    Carlsbad Deslinization Plant Gets Public Funding | San Diego Entertainer Magazine
     
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    So socialist public finiancing for a private corporation?
     
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    Good one citizen however in this case the water is for public use and as such this private company is entitled to some sort of payment for their services. I'm sure your not under the mistaken impression that Govt. be it state, local or Fed. actually produce anything are you? Private companies are paid to provide a service with public funding. Just as an example, each time you see Air Force One on TV carrying the President, keep in mind that a private company built the aircraft and were paid with public funds.
     

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