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Old 04-10-2020, 08:26 AM
 
Location: NWA
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Yes, no matter where you are, if there is a water shortage it is gonna become expensive.
Atlanta is a good example of fast urban growth and poor planning. IIRC Atlanta depends on water from Tennessee or somewhere outside their region. During a drought, that source decided they needed to keep the water and not sell it to the city so a big huha erupted... don't recall the outcome...

I'm not so sure about the 'Cadillac' part... If you color up a map of the Western desert states you may find that most of that land area is Natl.Forest, BLM, Natl.Park, Reservation, State Owned or either so desolate or mountainous that it's non-habitable.

Besides a few small towns and off-grid private land, the places available for people to actually live are pretty much concentrated around a few larger cities. When you get large concentrations you get resource deletions... and then along comes regulation and we all know what that brings.

Since it doesn't rain much in the desert and a good portion of what does, runs off, the aquifers are what are being depleted by city growth.

Even now there are issues with the Arizona canal, disputes with Calif over the Colorado, water levels dropping in Lake Mead and Lake Powell... replacement will have to come from somewhere eventually.

Water is a basic necessity for life and places that have sufficient rainfall are not gonna see the same cost as those without - just look at the differences between Eastern vs Western Oregon or Washington.

That's one reason I'm trading in the Cadillac after 18 years.
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Old 04-10-2020, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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If CA were to build de-sal plants on the level of Israel, that would free up more water from the Colorado river. Baja CA also receives a big portion of the CO river, so a de-sal plant in Tijuana would also help.

But where to build the de-sal plants in CA with their preponderance of Nimby's. Only sure bet would be off the coast of Cape Pendelton which is Federal property.

So far there's only one de-sal plant along the coast, in Cardiff, which only supplies 7% of San Diego's drinking water.

And then there's the NAWAPA project, building a reservoir in British Columbia, which would be 100 miles long, and funnel it south from there.

Funneling it up from the Mississippi, scratch that idea. Pushing the water from sea level up to 6000 feet, in Gallup, would require at least 3 nuclear power plants to achieve it.

But with enough $$$, anything is possible.
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Old 04-11-2020, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Beautiful free Arizona
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If CA were to build de-sal plants on the level of Israel, that would free up more water from the Colorado river. Baja CA also receives a big portion of the CO river, so a de-sal plant in Tijuana would also help.

But where to build the de-sal plants in CA with their preponderance of Nimby's. Only sure bet would be off the coast of Cape Pendelton which is Federal property.

So far there's only one de-sal plant along the coast, in Cardiff, which only supplies 7% of San Diego's drinking water.

And then there's the NAWAPA project, building a reservoir in British Columbia, which would be 100 miles long, and funnel it south from there.

Funneling it up from the Mississippi, scratch that idea. Pushing the water from sea level up to 6000 feet, in Gallup, would require at least 3 nuclear power plants to achieve it.

But with enough $$$, anything is possible.
It’s Camp Pendleton.
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