Incomplete Analysis

Again, the Sacramento Bee, in this story about water recycling—a good strategy for non-drinking use, when perfected—fails to note the abundant supply of water that nature delivers to Northern California (while still focusing on the limited amount of water) and some common-sense storage can solve most of our drought year problems.

An excerpt.

At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes that irrigate the lawns of 4,000 homes.

Proponents call it water recycling. Critics call it “toilet-to-tap.” But as the drought has taken hold in California, opposition to the idea has been drying up, and recycled water is winning acceptance. It’s expected to be a significant source of landscaping and drinking water for many Californians in years to come.

The city of Sacramento has not made similar strides, largely because in a typical year it doesn’t face the same kind of water worries: The city has its own water rights in the American and Sacramento rivers and does not depend on buying water from anybody else, making for a relatively cheap and abundant water supply.

But even in Sacramento, the ongoing drought has raised awareness that water is a finite resource. This year, the city has mandated 20 percent cutbacks in usage and restricted landscape irrigation to help bolster supplies for neighboring communities that also rely on Sierra snowmelt.

Retrieved April 14, 2014 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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