Having Reached "Peak Water," California Officials Tighten the Noose

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 18th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-5x8n3j/
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We may be close to reaching peak oil, but in California peak water has been already surpassed, and it doesn't bode well for the future.

Tightening restrictions

California water officials imposed stringent restrictions on water allocations for farmers earlier this year, and now they are tightening the belt still more. As the state approaches the end of a dismal rainy season, they are left with no choice but to increase emergency restrictions on both businesses and citizens.

California Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson said Tuesday, March 17, 2015 "If conditions continue as they are likely to over the next two weeks, we'll have less than half the previous low reading. There is going to be almost nothing this year, which is pretty alarming."

Canceling the amenities

Restaurants are being prohibited from serving table water unless specifically asked to do so by diners. Washing cars in driveways is forbidden. Hosing off sidewalks is not allowed. Hotels have been ordered to inform their guests they may opt out of having their linens and towels cleaned. Using sprinklers in the rain will draw a hefty fine, as will watering outdoor landscapes within 48 hours of a rainfall.

Supply and demand dangerously out of balance

It is fast becoming the situation in the Golden State that there are too many people for the amount of water available, and something has got to give. We may be on the cusp of a mass exodus from the state. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute research center, told USA Today "Even if normal precipitation begins to fall, it will take....years to overcome the massive deficits we've been running. In the end, we have no choice but to bring supply and demand back into balance, and the options for new supply are very limited. We've reached 'peak water' in most Western watersheds, and there's no more water to be had."

NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti is warning that California has only one year of water left in its basins, and groundwater reserves are close behind. The central valley is actually sinking, since so many aquifers have been drained. Gleick added that if the drought continues for another five years "all bets are off."

Because of human-caused climate change, virtually the entire state of California is in the process of turning into a desert.

Hitting close to home

This is not the tale of some far-off crisis. Here in Nevada County where I live, hundreds of homeowners have seen their wells run dry. Some have gone to the considerable expense to drill new and deeper wells, which can cost upwards of twenty thousand dollars. Others, who cannot afford to drill anew, are simply packing up and leaving. We had a bit over 17 inches of precipitation last year, and 26 inches so far this season with no rain in sight. Normal average precipitation for this area is 58 inches.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Shamarie
18th Mar 2015 (#)

I heard about the water restrictions in California. I hope the water issues gets better out there soon!

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Mar 2015 (#)

This is very interesting. I wonder if it is part of a cycle created by God and man must suffer

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Mar 2015 (#)

I hardly think it a cycle created by God. Rather it is a condition caused by human activity.

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Mar 2015 (#)

wow that is awful, I always knew California was a dry state but the problem is much worse, though I did hear about 30 years ago that California would become a desert one day

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Mar 2015 (#)

The desertification process, Carol, is now well under way.

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author avatar Retired
19th Mar 2015 (#)

I hear that the situation is hardly helped by the vast amounts of water that are being forced into the ground as part of the fracking process for oil extraction in southern California. Once used, the water is contaminated and cannot be used for other purposes.

One thing is abundantly clear clear - you can drink water, but you can't drink oil. Which does California really need?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Mar 2015 (#)

To allow fracking in California is unconscionable, but it shows the powerful hold the fossil fuel industry has over the politicians.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

I read about this too and hope that my children move back home to Ohio where there is more than enough water!

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

I hope that things improve. Blessings.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

I hope so too.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

I also live in California on the Central Coast. It seems to me that part of our problem is politically caused, and I suppose that part is man-made. I believe in conservation and good stewardship, but I think human beings should be valued just as much or more than the Delta smelt, a non-native fish whose supposed preservation depends on depriving Central Valley farmers of their water and shipping it out to the ocean, instead. When we have a water problem, why are environmentalists of the more extreme kind partnering with politicians to blow up dams that have been helping to store water? I think someone is seeing money to be made by selling water. This is more about controlling people and getting farmers off their land than about the water shortage. Politicians are making it worse, not better. They should concentrate more on saving the water we get as it falls from the sky rather than passing new ordinances to decide who gets to use what's already here. I follow this issue very closely in my county, and I see how politicians and purveyors are jumping in to take advantage of a bad situation and trying to deprive rural property owners of their water rights.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

I don't know what Central California county you live in, but in Monterey County, where I lived for 17 years, fracking is rendering billions of gallons of water contaminated. That must stop.

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