The coming water famine

It would appear that the United States has run out of water.

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  1. briand75 says:

    Looks to me that you could treat sewer water that way and come up with potable water. Advanced filtration is carbon filter and resin. Reverse Osmosis removes all but the smallest of molecules and Ozone is a bacteriostat process if I remember correctly. Wow! The Canadians will next ship us Soylent Green.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      It’s a trick. Using the name Niagara (as in Niagara Falls) Bottling and the location of Ontario (also as in Niagara Falls) creates an image of plentiful free flowing fresh water.

      Look a little closer and you will see that Walmart is taking water from the California desert and selling it in bottles, presumably to people that live in areas with plentiful rainfall and no fines for watering their gardens and washing their cars.

      When I see something like this, I immediately think that politicians have interfered with market based pricing to incentive something that is not in the common good. Aside from artificially low water prices in the desert there may be tax money involved to encourage removing water from the desert.

      What’s next, tax incentives for shipping snow to the Eskimos? Can I say that in 2017, or is that a hate crime to the Inuit (not the company that stores your tax returns) ?

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        Two updates. Bloomberg article today on Nestlé making billions selling water it pays almost nothing for, “often going into economically depressed municipalities with the promise of jobs and new infrastructure in exchange for tax breaks and access to a resource that’s scarce for millions. ” <— Period inside the quotation marks!

        Of course, not everyone wants a tasteless drink… except perhaps this sour puss:


        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Update: News from Canada on bottled water:

          “Nestlé bid to pump 2.1M litres of Michigan groundwater a day blocked by municipality”

          • Fred Stiening says:

            Here is the Michigan perspective, including a lot more details.


          • Parrott says:

            How can Nestle get good water in Michigan but certain cities in Michigan ( Flint) in particular, not be able to find good water ?

            • TheChairman says:

              Good water passing through bad pipes…

            • Fred Stiening says:

              Flint hitched itself to the City of Detroit’s water supply at least 50 years ago and abandoned its own municipal water system. Water is drawn at Port Huron and the pipeline goes West and then splits with water headed West to Flint and South to Detroit.

              When it was clear that the creditors in the Detroit bankruptcy were going to seize the water system as a city asset and milk it, Flint saw the handwriting on the wall and sought a divorce. Initially Flint was going to build a parallel pipeline, but until it was finished, they would sever the Detroit connection and draw water from the polluted Flint River and reactivate the old “emergency” backup water plant. When it started failing water tests, they turned on more chemicals which then leached out lead from the ancient pipes. They eventually reconnected to the Detroit system, but the damage had been done to all of the underground pipes. The water people in Flint had no idea what they were doing.

            • TheChairman says:

              Fred summed it up nicely. We lived in MI at the time. A fact the Media seems to avoid is that engineers warned Flint not to switch and the governor initially balked as well. Once the crisis began, Flint then chose not to draw from lake Huron to avoid a rate increase (typical MI politik)… meanwhile, local officials overruled the council and the mayor did her ‘safe water’ propaganda photo-op (we watched in disbelief). When it all blew up in their faces, the same officials blamed the governor for ‘not doing enough’ and the liberal MSM joined in.

              In northern Michigan and the U.P. there are many artesian wells: poke a hole in the ground; presto, cold clean water.

            • Fred Stiening says:

              Poke a hole in the ground in Flint and you get chromium and turpentine residue. Of course, the “old” GM did that, not the current GM.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      You and I were both fooled 😉

      It is Ontario California, not Ontario Canada, eh

      The Youtube sensation Indiana Jack hates driving loads carrying bottled water. He particularly despises Nestle, who is trying very hard to buy up water supplies to force you to buy water from them.

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