California Drought: Rainwater Capture Technology Supports Position That There Is Enough Fresh Water

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Bio-Logic Aqua® Research founder and water advocate Sharon Kleyne discusses rainwater capture as a solution for California drought on April 27th radio show.

Despite California’s drought, there is actually plenty of water for everyone. That has been the position of radio host and fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne. Recently technological advances in rainwater capture support her position. Rainwater capture is especially effective, says Kleyne, when combined with “Total Water Management” (TWM), in which nearly all waste water (sewage) is recycled and returned to the system.    

Kleyne will present her views on wastewater (sewage) recycling and rainwater capture on her Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio broadcast of April 27, 2015. For podcasts of that and other past shows, go to

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, water vapor and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s signature product for dry and dehydrated eyes.

Annual rainfall in Los Angeles County, according to Kleyne, is extremely variable, ranging from 3 inches to 30 inches. Even at the nearly record low of 3.6 inches recorded in 2014, 12 billion gallons of water fell on Los Angeles. Capturing and using this water, says Keynes, would have a major impact on the necessity for Los Angeles to import water from the Colorado River or the Owens Valley.

The State of Colorado and California’s Owens Valley, Kleyne notes, are experiencing their own extreme droughts. Los Angeles County, prior to the recent cutbacks, had been using 190 billion gallons per year.

Kleyne is an advocate of TWM or Total Water Management, in which water entering the distribution system, after it is sold and used, is recaptured, recycled and resold. However, Kleyne notes, even with 100% wastewater recycling, outside water is still required to meet the growing fresh water demand. That’s where rainwater capture comes in.    

Los Angeles County, according to Kleyne, has excellent waste water reclamation facilities, processing about 500 million gallons per day or 182 billion gallons per year. However, treated water is currently not processed to drinkable standards. In addition, 400 of the 500 million gallons of daily treated wastewater (146 billon gallons per year) is discharged into the Pacific Ocean.

Some Southern California water districts, Kleyne notes, are beginning to recognize that the only possibility for keeping up with demand is to treat wastewater to potable (drinkable) standards and resell it as drinking water. New advances in water treatment technology are improving the quality of “New Water” to drink while bringing down the cost.

Rainwater runoff, according to Kleyne, currently flows off of roofs and driveways into the road, then into storm drains where it goes directly into the ocean. Storm runoff can be captured and technology is being developed to capture runoff water from gutters in the streets.

Individual rainwater capture also has potential to lessen the demand on local water districts, says Kleyne. In Oregon, where Kleyne lives, it is illegal to divert rainwater runoff on the ground, or to capture rainwater. The only exception is rooftop runoff, in which water from house gutters is collected into a cistern. Rooftop water can be used for toilets, bathing, washing dishes, laundry and even drinking. With an advanced system, used water can be diverted for lawns and gardens.

“If state, county and municipal governments had made water supply and security their number one priority two decades ago,” Kleyne concludes, “Los Angeles and most other US cities would have more than enough fresh water to endure any drought, no matter how severe.”

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