Drought and water shortages require innovation and cooperation reports fresh water advocate

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Bio Logic Aqua Research founder and fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne reacts to recent news on fresh water conservation, impoundment, recycling and rain making.

There is nothing more beautiful than a free-flowing river and there is nothing more tragic than a child dying because his village lacks fresh water. According to fresh water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne, fresh water shortages, drought and population are increasing worldwide and many long established fresh water sources are drying up. The solution, according to Kleyne, lies in innovative research and management and cooperation among water managers.

Kleyne is a strong supporter of fresh water conservation, impoundment and dam building, using treated waste water for ground water replenishment, desalination and total water management with all waster water and sewage recycled and reused. Recently announced rain making (cloud seeding) research by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also has potential.*

*“UAE looking at ways to increase rain,” Gulf News, January 21, 2015
https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/uae-looking-ways-increase-rain-104023614.html

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.

The next Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show will air at 10:00 a.m. (PST). on Monday, January 26, 2015. For the live show or podcast of previous shows, go to http://www.voimerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour)..

Worldwide, according to Kleyne, 1.6 billion of the planet’s 7 billion inhabitants lack safe and sufficient daily fresh water for drinking and sanitation. Five thousand children a day die from water or dehydration related diseases. Even in developed countries with long established fresh water infrastructures, supply is becoming increasingly unreliable. California is in the midst of the worst drought in its recorded history and one of its major fresh water sources, the Colorado River, is being increasingly diverted to the upriver states of Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, which are experiencing their own extended droughts.

The solution, for Kleyne, is to do whatever it takes to acquire and keep fresh water. The two least reliable methods of acquiring fresh water, in Kleyne’s view, are importation from a great distance away and ground water depletion. The least productive way to dispose of sewage and waste water, says Kleyne, is to discharge it into the ocean – especially in times of water shortage.

The good news, according to Kleyne, is that even with drought, global warming and population growth, there is potentially enough fresh water for everyone, including agriculture and industry. But it requires foresight, research, innovative management and above all, interagency and governmental cooperation.

Kleyne supports the building of fresh water impoundments or dams. “If we don’t take advantage of the fresh water in our lakes and rivers and streams,” she explains, “the water will simply flow into the ocean.” The small amount of fresh water that humans must hold back to make sure the population has enough to drink, wash their hands and to grow food, says Kleyne, has virtually no effect on the total amount of water in the ocean or on the hydrological cycle.”

The presence of reservoirs and fully charged ground water aquifers, Kleyne argues, increases the amount of water vapor that evaporates into atmosphere and could ultimately have a positive effect on the amount of rainfall.

Mrs. Kleyne points to the tiny island nation of Singapore, the second most densely populated country in the world, as an example of effective fresh water management. Singapore had been purchasing most of its fresh water from Malaysia. Through a combination of reservoirs, waste water recycling, rooftop lawns, catchment systems, sea water desalination and other conservation measures, Singapore is now virtually water self-sufficient.

Kleyne also cites Orange County California as a leader in progressive fresh water management. The Orange County Water District (OCWD) used to discharge most it its waste water into the Pacific Ocean while constantly importing fresh water from the Colorado River and elsewhere via the California aqueduct system. The county now has the capacity to recycle 100% of its waste water and sewage to drinkable standards. Between decreased usage by the public, gray water diversion (from bathtubs and sinks), ground water replenishment, and 100% recycling, Orange County is weathering the drought. Orange County is also looking into sea water desalination.

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