Sierra Club California staff recently attended tours of both the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECL) and the WRD Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning (ARC) to have a better understanding of water recycling, water replenishment and the interconnectedness of water systems in Southern California.
By Bill Martin - Co-Chair, Sierra Club California Water Committee
About a year ago, I reported on a new water futures market on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The market is based on an index, which is based on the sales transactions of actual water in CA, including statewide and in 5 sub-basins in the Southern CA area. The index price is reset weekly, and that reset influences the prices of the water futures. No actual water changes hands; these futures contracts are settled only in dollars.
As you may know, it’s becoming more important for everyone to try hard to conserve water due to the increased frequency of dangerous droughts brought on by climate change. Here are some important water conservation tips individuals, including cities can implement on a daily basis.
While the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner tells of the misfortunes of a seaman and suggests that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it, the tale of ocean desalination suggests the same. The South Coast Water District’s proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant in South Orange County is an excellent example of this conundrum.
You need a hunting license before you go hunting, a marriage license before you get married and the Poseidon desalination project needs to get their permits before they are allowed to operate.
Poseidon has asserted (with no evidence) that building a state of the art plant to minimize damage they will do to the sea life and the ocean is too expensive. Without any proof, they claim that slant wells, infiltration galleries, subsurface intakes, and removing the salt from their discharge, are too expensive.
World Water Day may annually be recognized on March 22, but we must honor and respect water every day as we confront climate change in order to ensure we have adequate supplies of safe, affordable water to meet our needs.
The management and governance of water is complicated, particularly in California. Do you know where your water comes from? It can be confusing. You may pay your bill to one agency, city, or water company when, in reality, there might be multiple partners involved that provide clean drinking water to your tap.
The Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club welcomes your participation in its century of involvement in the enjoyment and protection of our planet's environment. The Angeles Chapter spans Los Angeles and Orange Counties in Southern California, with an extensive program of hikes/hiking, national and international travel, local conservation campaigns, political action, and programs for people of all ages.