Scenario: A water crisis has hit San Diego county and 50% of our water supply has been cut off! What do we do? This is both a supply and demand issue. What are some feasible, quickly implementable solutions on both sides of the equation?
- Utilize San Diego county backup water reserves (Have 7 months of reserves in SD county)
- Expand the scope of where we get our imported water from. Negotiate transfers from other territories. Manufacture water from aircraft carriers (contain small-scale desalinization equipment), truck/train in from water-rich areas.
- Coordinate with FEMA and US Army Corps of Engineers to drill new wells in local aquifers.
- Government subsidized water purification equipment for residential and industrial use. Including chlorine tablets and other site-based water filtration systems.
- Set per person water allocations at a residential level. Allocations designated for business types. Census systems mobilized to determine residential and business allocations.
- Suspend all development projects.
- Cut all public irrigation lines.
-(Termination of public lawn/landscape water useage with the exception of continued irrigation of specific tree species).
- Provide government subsidies and incentives to retrofit all the big-water-waste appliances in homes.
- Evacuate large farm animals to areas not in a current water stress state.
- Eliminate washing of government vehicles/machinery/space
- Conversion of pool water use for non-potable uses w/in the household. Prohibition of pool fill/re-fill
- Water conservation public education including information on gray water utilization strategies, rainwater collection/storage tanks, alternative clothing/dish/personal washing/hygiene methods