Landers, CA – While Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency’s general manager Marina West quite rightly allayed any fears that nearby residents have to get their kayaks and gondolas out of storage when the 1,500 acre feet of water comes rushing to replenish their hi-desert aquifers, there’s something else that may need to be done. Individual filtration systems should be bought for each household. Why?
Because: Each day there are 300 sources discharging over 1 billion gallons of municipal wastewater into the northern California delta from where this water will come. It’s not all from melting pristine snow as portrayed on the bottled water label.
Does anyone here really trust a percolation method of letting water pour onto the ground and be filtered through the rocks and sand below? But the new program of adding much needed water to the underground aquifer is going to happen. According to the maps it will be at the end of Winter Road into a 15 acre berm. The Bighorn Desert View Pipes Wash Groundwater Spreading Grounds project will occur. Just be forewarned about what we are getting.
Ammonia gets into the water from too much urine. With that comes every medication everyone in Stockton to Sacramento have ingested each day. More than 125,000 gallons per month according to the June 11th issue of the Sacramento Bee. Not to mention the huge amounts deposited by Migrant Corporation who owns two nuclear power plants (the Pittsburgh and the Contra Costa) which need to get rid of the warmer water which has to cool the nuclear rods.
Add to this delicious mix the sumptuous chlorine which controls the ‘condenser slime’ which adds to the deaths of the delta smelt fish. The source of this info comes from DWR- the Department of Water Resources who also “assesses the projection of rising sea levels on the West Coast.”
Since 2008 a new canal has been built in the western and central parts of this delta waterway which is 500 feet wide with two gates. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) has in its objective to poison all non-native fish in the delta which are the striped bass, largemouth bass, and other predatory species which target the delta smelt varieties and salmonid populations. This annoys the Sports Fishermen groups who complain about the people of southern California needing fresh water to drink.
“The removal of too much fresh water (by the BDCP) will destroy it.” says Dick Poole about the delta and who is a Board of Director with the American Sportfishing Association. (Aug. 11, 2009 ESPN)
On June 7, 2010, Congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza requested a review of Sacramento’s wastewater dumped into the delta.
“Pump and treat technology,” says Senator Dianne Feinstein “can greatly decrease but may not completely remove all contaminants in the water.” Feinstein spoke in regard to the (UIC) Underground Injection Control of imported water into aquifers on May 21, 2010, (from the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water).
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has on record within their State Water Resources Control Board that the LCR (Lead Copper Rule) or 1991 Rule which the EPA has “ruled since July 7, 1991, that if the lead concentrations exceed a level of 15 ppb (parts per billion) or copper at 1.3 ppm (parts per million) action must be taken to control corrosion of pipes.”
According to the 1-27-09 Environmental News Service report, there are 150 commercial industries which include mining that are permitted to discharge process wastewater into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. “These facilities release as much as 5 million gallons of wastewater each day.”
“Salinity, herbicides, pesticides,” says the recent report by the Center for Biological Diversity, “and other toxic chemicals and pollutants from urban and agricultural sources directly impact the Delta.” Also of interesting note from an August 2006 Consumer Digest article by Colin Ingram, ”Studies since the 1960’s show that chlorination of drinking water increases heart disease and cancer.” But no rotten teeth, right?
If LADWP (Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power) had ever bothered to install a desalinization plant, we would have been able to import water from the west of us. Those plants besides ‘water catchment’ are the methods Israel uses in a lush land of orchards when their average rainfall is merely one inch per year! (The Desert Magazine, June 1981)
Desalinization plants and water ‘catchment’ are ancient methods employed by the nation of Israel thanks to Professor Michael Evanari and scientist Dr. Yiftah Ben-Asher. The salty Red Sea furnishes clean drinking water to the port town of Eilot in Israel. Lush orchards are the evidence that these work well for an arid country whose average yearly rainfall is a mere one inch. (The Desert Magazine, June 1981)
Added filtration systems for one’s home can cost anywhere from $30-$129 per unit, which is cheaper than expensive and irksome cancer treatments or waiting several years for a liver transplant. When calling Walmart the person answering will have no clue as to their inventory but will gladly route your call to where no one of the overworked and underpaid minions will ever answer. Home Depot offers only Brita filters and Barr Lumber will gladly order a Pur system for you.
According to Consumers Digest, The Chrystal Quest water filtration system is the best buy at under $30 for a Model W2-white model faucet attachment. It filters 100% of whatever enters your pipes whereas the Brita does not filter out the THM chlorine or VOC synthetic chemicals. [Adding single malt scotch may also disinfect your water.]
So, with that in mind, drink up my thirsty friends and neighbors!
Barbara Renton, is a Investigative Reporter for the American Free Journal/Desert Valley Star
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