Addressing California’s Water Challenge With Macro Solutions

Posted by garcialocote86 on February 16, 2017 in Addressing California's Water Challenge With Macro Solutions |

The water shortage in California has resulted in some significant drawbacks for the state, not the least of which is a significant decrease in the quality of living. Addressing the concerns found throughout the state is more than a matter of conservation however, it is a matter of addressing the size of the population which is consuming it. California is a large state, and its population is largely concentrated within major city centers such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. In areas such as these, the conservation of water is a matter of creating mechanisms and schemas which disperse water to the population without excess waste. Addressing the issues associated with the large population in California is something which means that there will need to be both compromises in policy, and updates made to the infrastructure. Between these two changes, it should be possible to look for ways to cut back on the amount of water being consumed in the state. Ironically, genetically modified organisms which are often seen negatively in the public eye, it is important to consider that plants which are consumed by humans could be modified to consume less water. And the amount of water consumed by people could also be lessened as well.

Moving into a campaign in which GMOs are viewed as saviours rather than dangerous inventions of greedy corporations would be best personified by way of an increase in conservation. If more potable water and more affordable food are made available to the public, it stands to reason that the public will be more likely to support the actions taken. Prior to the implementation of these policies however, it would be vital to establish that the GMOs created for the sake of consuming less water are my carcinogens. While the research supporting this conclusion is compelling, it is hardly conclusive, and reaching these conclusions one way or the other would be vital in moving forward. If the public cannot be confident in their decision to utilize these organisms, it stands to reason that they could ultimately bar this path towards water conservation. The trouble is that the use of GMOs has not been extensive for an extended period of time, and this culminates in an atmosphere of necessary uncertainty. If plants are going to consume less water however, it is also possible to utilize existing technologies to recycle and disperse water for agricultural purposes.

Irrigation and the recycling of water after plants have utilized it is much more difficult in an open area such as a field, as opposed to a controlled environment like a building with a hydroponics setup. In a controlled environment, it is much easier to recycle and subsequently disperse water in a closed loop, but realistically speaking, this is difficult to perform at an industrial level. The potential cost especially presents unique challenges; however, if hydroponics and GMOs were combined, then plants might both grow faster and consume less water. The accelerated growth of the plants in question could help to offset the increased costs presented to the company which is growing the crops in question. As the costs decrease thanks to technological improvements in the growing process, these savings can be passed on to consumers. These savings would also amount to a more affordable cost for consumers, thus addressing the water shortage and other costs as well. With multiple benefits being presented to the population, it stands to reason that they might consider changes in public sentiment currently related to GMOs and the companies that utilize them. Outside of technology, one of the best options available to cut back on water consumption is the pairing of public policy with public sentiment in support of using less water.

The ways in which people address their water needs could be mandated by law, this is already the case with regard to watering one’s lawn. Other activities such as flushing toilets could also be addressed, especially by way of flush efficient toilets and other devices. These devices could be made to be tax deductible or through some other means of incentive, which could also include negative incentives. Utilizing fines and other punitive measures would be a last resort, and the use of monitoring technologies at the utility company would help to determine whether or not a given person is compliant. Ensuring that there is a determined effort to conserve water inevitably results in government involvement, and this is due to the size and scope of the issue in question. Public sentiment being behind such measures is therefore all the more vital, because much of the resolution’s effectiveness relies upon public cooperation and accountability. Ultimately, the issues associated with water shortages are both a public and personal problem for all citizens in California, and this amounts to a circumstance in which transparency and cooperation are vital.

 

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