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Jeff Davis, San Juan Capistrano
I was happy to see our most precious resource featured on the cover (Dana Point Times, August 16-22, Vol. 6, Issue 33). In the “Water Worries” article, we learned about Southern California’s water issues. In short, the water we use every day is limited, and the journey it takes begins in either Sacramento or the Colorado River, and requires a lot of time, energy, money and even water to reach our tap.
The article offered solutions too, one of these being the proposed Doheny Desalination Project. But with numbers and figures like $150 million (the start-up cost of the project), 50 percent (the increase in price of our water to pay for the plant) and 30 million (the amount of saltwater gallons sucked up by the plant everyday), it makes my brain hurt.
I believe that before we spend more money on meeting, consulting, proposing and building ways to turn saltwater into drinking water, we should focus on using less.
Small, individual actions over time have the power to make a big, collective impact. Together we can solve our “water worries” for free. Inside your home, take a shorter shower, turn off the faucet when brushing and only wash full loads of laundry. Outside, consider removing your lawn, which uses almost 750 gallons of water per week. Plant drought tolerant and native plants that use less water instead.
Finally, consider the water footprint of everything. This is the water hidden inside the goods and services we use every day, for example, the cotton T-shirt you’re wearing that uses 700 gallons in order to grow, harvest, weave, package and ship it to the store.
If we care about life, then we should care about water. Without, we wouldn’t be here. If we care about water, and if we care about tomorrow, we should take action today. You can start with this list. For the next step, visit The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano or online at www.theecologycenter.org.