The ongoing drought in California has been making news now for several years. State officials have been scrambling to find ways to use less and recover more water. It hasn’t been an easy job. People are still flocking to California to live and key industries, like agriculture, need huge amounts of water to sustain output. The viability of California’s farm sector absolutely impacts California residents, but it also has serious implications for consumers across North America. The stress of a growing population and demand for fresh produce has pushed existing water resources to critical levels.
What to do? How can communities and industries sustain themselves as water grows scarcer? Traditionally, in Southern California especially, surface water sources (lakes, reservoirs and rivers) would be replenished by melting mountain snow in the spring. This hasn’t been happening as much in recent years, so people are relying more and more on ground water. But there is only so much water that can be pumped before aquifers dry up.
Some coastal communities have turned to desalinization. There are drawbacks however. Desalinization plants are expensive to build, require a lot of energy to operate and produce brine as a byproduct. Managing the brine after it has been separated from the potable water is challenge. It can’t be dumped back into the ocean because it could harm sea life.
That leaves conservation and reclamation. Water conservation in California has necessarily become an obsession. The state’s Drought Portal contains information and resources related to the crisis. The site is a key contact point between citizens and the state government’s water-related initiatives. Reclamation has become an industry itself. Los Angeles recently asked the state to ease regulations related to water reclamation projects. The region also has a $435 million purification/reclamation project on the drawing board.
Everything California is going through highlights the importance of water as a limited resource. At LuminUltra we recognize that. We work with customers around the world in the water treatment sector to solve microbiological issues. We understand the importance of safeguarding water and using it as wisely as possible, whatever the application.