El Niño may ease California drought but won’t end water crisis warns fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne

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Importing new water to replace used water is like buying a new car every time you run out of gas says Bio-Logic Aqua® Research founder Sharon Kleyne. Kleyne will discuss the California drought, El Niño and water recycling on her Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio broadcast of July 20, 2015

Climatologists are observing a strong “El Niño” building in the Pacific Ocean that could considerably ease California’s extreme four-year drought. However, experts warn California resident not to get their hopes up.* The El Niño could fizzle or its rains could be very warm, with mudslides and flooding instead of mountain snow pack. More important, according to fresh water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne, without a massive push towards water recycling, ending the drought will not solve the state’s ongoing water crisis.    

  • “El Niño could be one of strongest in past 50 years,” Norwalk Reflector, July 13, 2015


Kleyne will discuss the California drought, El Niño and water recycling on her Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio broadcast of July 20, 2015. For the live show or a podcast, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com.

The syndicated radio show, hosted by Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The education-oriented show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, which was founded by Kleyne and specializes in fresh water, the atmosphere, accelerated moisture evaporation and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® for dry eyes is the Research Center’s signature product.

El Niño, according to Kleyne, is a warming of water currents in the central and eastern Pacific that produces heavy but warm rains in the Western United States. While the currently building El Niño appears to be among the strongest is 50 years, it could weaken. Even if it doesn’t, there’s no way of telling how much rain – and how much snow pack – will be produced or what the distribution pattern will be. The ideal scenario would be for El Niño to combine with an “Arctic Express” of frigid air from Alaska.

According to Kleyne, even the best scenario would not end California’s drought or its ongoing water crisis. The current water deficit is just too great.

Drought or no drought, Kleyne believes, given California’s large population and huge agricultural industry, the only long-term solution is massively increased water recycling combined with increased water conservation and capture.

The good news, Kleyne contends, is that even if the drought persists, there could be abundant water for drinking, manufacture and agriculture – provided the same water is used over and over.

Kleyne compares the water allocation system in California - and most other places - to buying a new care every time the old one runs out of gas. In much of California (but not all), when one takes a bath, the used sewage water is unceremoniously dumped into the ocean. This makes it necessary to import another bathtub of water – at great expense – from Washington, Canada or Colorado.

By cleaning and reusing the original bath water, far less water is required to meet the same level of demand. The state of water recycling, Kleyne notes, is becoming much more efficient and far less costly. In California Water Districts such as Orange and San Diego Counties, used water is recycled to drinkable standards mostly to avoid polluting the places where treated water is discharged, whether the ocean, a reservoir, a river, or into the ground.

The ideal water recycling model, according to Kleyne, is Earth’s hydrological cycle. Every drop of precipitation that falls is stored on the surface, in the ground, in the ocean, or as water vapor in the atmosphere. Eventually, through evaporation, water is returned to the atmosphere as vapor, collected into clouds and falls back to the surface.

The key to Earth’s recycling model, Kleyne explains, is the atmospheric water vapor that feeds the clouds, prevents the surface from completely dying up, moderates temperatures (water vapor is by far the most abundant greenhouse gas) and keeps humans – and every other Earth organism – alive.

Water evaporating on Mars simply floats off into outer space because there is no cloud ceiling. The same could happen on Earth, Kleyne warns, noting that global air pollution has the potential to seriously interfere with Earth’s life-giving hydrological cycle.

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