Water

“Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.” Roger use to say that. He was born into depression era Montana in the town of Lodge Grass and worked as a cowboy early in his life—a life he got away from as fast as he could. Based on the fact that Texas sues New Mexico each year on their belief we take too much Rio Grande water proves the saying to my satisfaction. At least it is not a shooting type fighting, but, who knows, that may happen if drought continues a few more years in New Mexico or the reduction of snow in the Colorado Rockies becomes more pronounced and reservoirs run dry. Picture the dislocation problem if a metro area the size of Albuquerque (population 909,906 as of 2016) ran totally and completely out of water.

Remember, the human body is a fleshy bag of mostly water (55% to 60% of your body is water). I doubt Smart Water makes me smart. I doubt Fitness Water makes me fit. I am sure a tipped water bottle over my head on a 102-degree day makes me wet and a little cooler for a few minutes before it evaporates.

Dianne and I do our part to reduce water usage by collecting shower water as it heats up, then pour it on the flowers or fill bird bath. As I adapted to the arid southwest after moving here, I learned I did not have to shower every day which saves water. We have a rain barrel that collects rain fall that runs off the roof—on those exceeding rare days when it rains in Albuquerque.

It is my hope the next time the city of Albuquerque or any New Mexico municipality has to upgrade the water filtration system that they will install one of those new systems that restores waste water to drinking water (from toilet to tap). That way our cities may reuse water many, many times, instead of drawing water from the river and wells and after one use put it back into the river. The same amount of water would go downstream, because we would take less water out in the first place.

As Americans further their hate of paying taxes, I wish for our laws to transfer the cost of cleaning industrial water to industry, so the cleaning of the water becomes part of the price of the product. To me it is unfair that industry gets to take drinking water from the city systems, make it undrinkable through their industrial processes, and then return the undrinkable water back into the water system for the city pay for clean up.

I understand that industry has to clean certain harmful products from water before returning it to the river or aquifer. At least they are suppose to do that. Puget Sound still has a massive PCB problem that is not going away. I am glad I am not a poor person fishing to supplement my diet from Puget Sound.

It bothers me that animals have to drinks so much tainted water from streams and creeks. I cannot imagine surviving long being a deer or fox in coal country with all those heavy metals delivered to the water from the mining process, especially mountain top removal mining (TED talk).

I do not have a thought on how to apply this idea to farmland runoff. The quantity of pollutants in the form of fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides and animal waste is massive, health endangering and environment endangering. In other words do not live near a corporate hog farm (Guardian article).

Some New Mexico politicians and political hopefuls propose deep aquifer drilling for water that is non-potable and has to be cleaned up to be made drinkable. New infrastructure would have to be built to process this water and that might be difficult for a cash strapped and debt-ridden state such as New Mexico.

A secondary concern I have with deep aquifer drilling, or oil drilling for that matter, is that that water or oil is part of the supporting structure of the planet surface. When you remove it and add its weight to the ground above the now vacant area, how much does that increase the chance for earthquake in the manner of the surface dropping X number of feet all at once to fill the void. I don’t have the geology background, but it simply seems to me if you remove part of the support (the water or oil) a hole is created with billions of tons of now-unsupported earth above it and gravity applies itself very constant manner.

I read that the UK plans to ban plastic straws. I wish the USA would ban plastic water bottles right away. When I am hiking, I blunder into too many of discarded plastic water bottles (and dog pop bags) along the trail reducing the quality of my wilderness experience. In the city too many water bottles are placed in the trash, not recycling. We should ban them. Or tax the water out of them. Or build deposits into the price and make the manufacturer responsible for the disposal/recycling of the plastic bottles—picture our street corner unemployed people picking up plastic bottles for the deposit refund instead of holding up cardboard signs because it pays better. A wild hope on my part.

For your edification a list of bottle water companies from Acqua Panna to Zephyrhills.

Micro-plastics have invaded our water system due to bio-degradation breakdown of plastic in the waste disposal system (and oceans) and we drink them every day. I doubt my liver was designed to filter plastics.

Plans to transfer water from the water rich great lakes to the arid southwest are glorious pipe dreams (pun intended). There is an international agreement that prevents any water from leaving the natural drainage of the great lakes. This is why Waukesha, WI is bitter about unavailable Lake Michigan water to replace their aquifer’s water with its high radium levels. Waukesha is in the Mississippi valley drainage, thus is prevented from getting water from Lake Michigan, which is twenty miles away. (Just learned Waukesha received an exemption in 2016 to use great lakes water, but I do not expect an exemption in the next century for Albuquerque to take great lakes water.)

Water of Life is an accepted meaning for the word Whisky (or Whiskey if you prefer)—visit my nephew’s whisky blog—and is not a beverage I ever became fond of, though I know many people who are fond of it. My water of life variation was Chartreuse when I was younger—now it is filtered tap water and ice tea.

About a decade ago an acquaintance of mine decided it would be healthy to drink only distilled water (pure H2O). She ended up with mineral deficiencies in her body that lead to other serious body problems as the pure water leached minerals from her tissues, bones and organs. Bummer. I wish to report, she overcame her fear of fluoride and other periodic elements in water by this bad experience and returned to good health.

Water represents the only bigamy I approve of—two hydrogen atoms for each oxygen atom.

Love and Light

Kenneth

 

 

One thought on “Water

  1. Water is too damn cheap in the SW. This was made clear to me by my sister during our years together in Tucson. People who move to a desert should respect and pay serious cash for the “life blood” H2O that allows them to survive. It would further the cause of water conservation. But civic leaders and developers have skewed everything in the interest of never-ending urban/suburban expansion.

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