Water advocate supports California drought relief water bond allocation emphasizing recycling

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New programs will enable California to become water independent predicts Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder and radio show host Sharon Kleyne.

As the California drought continues, the prospects of being able to supply enough water grow increasingly grim. California is number one in agricultural production, number one in population and number one in fresh water consumption. Against this backdrop, water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne supports Governor Jerry Brown’s recently announced allocation of funds from a recently passed state water bond, to emphasize recycling.*

*Rogers, Paul, “California drought – Jerry Brown unveils proposal on how to start spending $7.5 billion water bond,” San Jose Mercury News, January 9, 2015.

Kleyne has long believed that despite California’s many water related problems, there is enough water for everyone already in California without having to import from other states that are also experiencing water shortages. The key, according to Kleyne, is to recapture, purify and reuse existing water. Under a fully maximized recycling program, very little outside water would need to be introduced to maintain the system.

The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, hosted by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The education oriented show is sponsored by Bio Logic Aqua® Research, a global research and technology center founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s signature product for dry and dehydrated eyes

Kleyne will discuss the California water bond and recent advances in fresh water recycling on her upcoming Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show of January 19, 2015. For the live broadcast or podcasts of past shows, go to http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour.

According to Gov. Brown, initial priorities of the $7.5 billion program, approved by 67 percent of voters, are: Watershed cleanup and restoration, recycling of treated sewage for non-drinkable uses, upgrading drinking water and sewage/wastewater treatment facilities, and intensified water conservation efforts.

At present, a large amount of used water is treated only minimally or left untreated and simply dumped into either the ocean or rivers that flow into the ocean.

Kleyne cited California’s densely populated Orange County and the City of San Diego as leading the nation in wastewater recycling. Orange county, instead of continuing to discharge waste water into the Pacific Ocean, now recycles the water and injects it into the ground for later pumping and re-treatment as drinking water (Sharon Kleyne Hour archive, Dec. 1, 2014). This “ground water replenishment” program not only reuses water and eliminates the need to constantly look for outside new water, it also recharges badly depleted groundwater aquifers.

Ground water replenishment could also affect climate, Kleyne believes. When there is more water in the ground, more water evaporates into the atmosphere to feed the clouds and produce rain.

Recent advances in water recycling, according to Kleyne, have reduced the cost of purifying waste water to drinkable standards. The public, however, prefers to have treated water returned to the ground, then pre-processed as drinking water. Orange County is also evaluating a proposed sea water desalination plant.

In San Diego, says Kleyne, ground water replenishment is not feasible. The city is heavily invested in waste water processing, recycling and reuse.†             .

† Spagat, E, “Dry San Diego looks to sewers as water source,” Yahoo News (via AP), November 20, 2014

The California water bond includes new dam construction but Brown has given this a lower priority. Kleyne favors dam building and water impounding. Reservoirs store water for human consumption, recharge the aquifer, attract wildlife, reduce flooding, increase the humidity and create an island of green.

Kleyne is an advocate of Total Water Management or TWM. In a TWM program, not only is every drop of waste water repeatedly recycled, so is the sludge removed from waste water during treatment.

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