This photo above was taken by my brother, we’re at his Public Storage site and he remarked, “hey look I’m getting a car wash at Public Storage!” I laughed but at the same time thought of California’s water crisis. This is no joke, so I mentioned to him we could get a bucket and let it fill from the drain spout, his remark was “come on guy, I was just kidding.” All kidding aside there is no better way to learn how to conserve water as to carrying it first, before using it.
Rainwater harvesting from roof tops is an ample way to fill storage tanks on site for homes and commercial properties, many unique systems are in use today.
This system above is complex but anyone familiar with the cost of drilling a well and maintenance of the pump and pipes including life span on the pump is not cheep. So if cost is a factor any handy guy could develop this system bellow.
I have to think about all the water that was used for fracking in California, some of which was 70 to 100 million gallons just last year has helped the shortage and with limited snow in the Sierra Mountains rainwater is a blessing, then again it has to rain to collect. You will see commercial sites doing this also and as time rolls on, Western States will want claims to the Great Lakes.
How much water do we use and the film doesn’t mention fracking. Energy companies used nearly 250 billion gallons of water to extract unconventional shale gas and oil from hydraulically fractured wells in the United States between 2005 and 2014, Duke University study finds. There may not be a typical fractured well because the water used depends on the rock formation, the operator, whether the well is vertical or horizontal and the number of portions or stages of the well that are fractured. So depending on the well we have calculations from 1.5 to 15.8 million gallons of water used per well, that’s 17 states with about 82,000 wells operating nationally. Production though is declining due to low oil prices under $40 a barrel.
Just a drop in the bucket right?