Letter: No use for used water
In “Moss: The future requires us to augment groundwater supplies” by Hubble Ray Smith in the Oct. 11 Daily Miner, recharging the aquifers by treating wastewater is mentioned. If that means what I think it does, Kingman property values would drop precipitously. Who would want to buy a house that would be using an “already been used” water supply. With the “Aqueduct of the Southwest” just 30 miles away, can’t a straw to the Colorado River be constructed to provide water to recharge the aquifers when the time comes? That seems like a worthwhile project if there ever was one.
As for the Lake Mead water level drought problem, how about building a water pipeline from the Columbia River System or Lake Superior to the headwaters of the Colorado River? The runoff of these two permanent water sources is now only discharging into the Pacific and Atlantic respectively. An average of 122.8 billion gallons of water per day flows from the Columbia River into the Pacific, 64 billion gallons of water per day flows over Niagara Falls ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.
Such a mammoth undertaking would also be an economic boost for the nation, with thousands of jobs created along with an enormous growth to ancillary industries supplying the project.
This is what the $787 billion 2009 stimulus package should have been used for.
Now that’s a “shovel ready project.” This is what our do-nothing politicians are supposed to be for.
If the Romans could build aqueducts, why not us Americans?
The farms, businesses and people of the Southwest can then use as much water as they need (and can pay for) and never have to worry about the lack of it.