Archive for July, 2014
The headlines out of California this past week indicate we have a real problem.
- California drought will only get worse, experts say
- 80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show
- California Drought – Weather Coverage of the Region’s Record-Low Rainfall
- Drought Report: California to lose $2.2 Billion, 17,100 jobs
- California drought: Ground water has ‘saved our bacon’
Lost in the headlines of international news is a very serious American domestic issue.
What is the most powerful thing you can think of? A nuclear bomb, gravity, money, mom’s stare? Einstein is quoted as saying, “There is no greater power in the universe than the power of compound interest.” Whether he actually said it or not is still debated, but its truth is not.
For decades, the current, centralized infrastructure model for urban water systems in the United States has gone relatively unchanged. But with increasing concerns about water scarcity and disaster susceptibility, coupled with advancing technologies, the case for a growing distributed infrastructure is gaining momentum. The approach would require an integrated model that is a combination of distributed water systems plus a centralized utility, with a view toward working in harmony with the watershed.