Fresh Water Pricing Is Becoming a Weapon, Threatens US Security Warns Water Advocate
In Global Water Crisis, Water Policy Could Make US Vulnerable to Attack Reports Bio-Logic Aqua Research Chairman Sharon Kleyne
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The United States is blessed with abundant fresh water, an extensive water infrastructure and very low prices reports water advocate Sharon Kleyne. However, with our inefficient fresh water policies, widespread undercharging, a growing population, worsening drought and a global fresh water crisis, our water supply is dangerously vulnerable and could one day be used as a weapon.*
Kleyne cites Iraq as a nation whose fresh water supply has become a weapon and warns that this could happen in the United States. In Iraq, the lives of 95 percent of its 36 million citizens and nearly all economic activity depend on two rivers and two large reservoirs. Groups such ISIS are well aware that whoever controls the reservoirs controls the country.†
* Barnett, Cynthia, "It is time for America to talk about the price of water," Huffington Post, October 8, 2014
† Collard, Rebecca, "Iraq's battleground dams are key to saving country from ISIS," Time Magazine, Sept. 8, 2014; http://time.com/3303403/strikes-against-isis-in-iraq-dams/
Sharon Kleyne hosts the syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a global research and technology center specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's signature product for dry eyes. Kleyne is Bio-Logic Aqua's Founder and Research Director.
In the current worst ever California drought, according to Kleyne, an enemy who seized the Shasta, Trinity and Orville Dams, and three or four major aqueducts, could control California, either by withholding water or making it unaffordable. As the nation's largest agricultural producer, controlling California would go a long way towards controlling the US.
What's wrong with US water policy and why is our water security so vulnerable? Consider this, says Kleyne: Fresh water in the United States is the least expensive utility, costing far less than Cable TV.
The undervaluing of fresh water makes no sense to Kleyne, who points out that fresh water is the single most important substance necessary to sustain life. The human body is 70 percent water and every function of every structure, organ and cell in the body depends on water. Every bite of food we eat and every breath of air we take depend on water. And nearly every aspect of human economic activity depends on water.
To attain water security, says Kleyne, water's full value must be recognized and water companies must make sufficient profit to enable them to meet a growing demand. Kleyne suggests a three tiered fresh water pricing program. Essential water, for drinking and sanitation, would be priced according to ability to pay and nobody would be denied. Economic water for agriculture and industry would be a slightly lower priority than essential water and would be priced accordingly. Luxury water - for lawns and swimming pools - would be much more expensive and immediately curtailed during a water shortage.
More efficient fresh water processing and recycling technology, according to Kleyne, such as the system in Singapore, could enable California, Iraq and the rest of the world to use far less water to accomplish the same objectives. In the ideal recycling system, every drop of water produced by a water utility and delivered to customers, would be recaptured after use, returned to the water company, reprocessed and resold.
Total recycling is expensive, says Kleyne, but it would pay for itself a more stable and secure society, increased economic activity, increased government revenue that could be used to subsidize water utilities, and greater water company profits.
Kleyne's program would ease the pressure to constantly locate more water sources and transport water hundreds of miles. In an extended drought, total recycling and improved conservation would save lives while assuring water security. Diverting less water for human use would also increase the amount of water on the surface of the land, which would impact drought, atmospheric humidity, the hydrologic cycle and climate change.
The first step in implementing a total fresh water conservation and recycling program, according to Kleyne, is to educate the public on the full value of fresh water. Kleyne urges every government entity on the planet to make fresh water access its number one priority so that water may never be used as a weapon against their people.