The Ultra Ozone Solution to California’s Water Woes

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Love that dirty water

Farmers should never use fresh water for farming in the state of California. All fresh water, even fresh water from wells should be reserved for human consumption. Only human waste water should be used for irrigation, farming and farm animals.

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Nuke it from orbit

Hit that human waste water with ultraviolet light, ultrasounds, microwaves, ozone, osmotic filtration, and diffusion technologies. After that phalanx of high tech water purification the water will definitely be clean enough for cows and artichokes. If it works for astronauts in space it will definitely work for avocados on earth.

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Drinkable waste water

The penultimate goal is for human waste effluent to be recycled and fed back to humans as clean, crystal clear and waste free water when this filtration technology is perfected.

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Drinkable oceans

The ultimate goal is to pass even polluted sea water through this self same filtration technology and to have clean, pollution free, safely human drinkable water as the result.

Crowd sourcing

We should also try crowd sourcing water filtration technology. There should be a competition with prizes that would pit every university student in California against each other in the struggle to find a cheap, reliable mass filtration technology that could filter billions of gallons of water per day. Given that they are college students you know some of them would get on YouTube with dirty sweat socks, clean underwear, used nylons, diatomaceous earth, tampons, charcoal, crushed charcoal and thousands if not millions of things no one has ever thought to use as a water filter. With that much messing around, someone is bound to try something no ever thought of that would work fabulously. For instance, how about all the used coffee grounds in California, sun roasted for a week, and then used as filtration material.

It’s too bad that we can't enlist all those foreign criminals that Barack Hussein Obama insists on giving tax refunds to into this enterprise. Hmmm, or can we? Anyone from a foreign country has done things with materials we never thought of. Given that there are millions of them and ICE has to interview all of them anyway, why not ask each and every one: I am thirsty, I have two pitchers. One is empty. The second is full of filthy dirty water. What can I do to make the water clean enough to drink? Anything that you can think of with the exception of more water is acceptable as a solution. Let’s see what they come up with.

Grab Bag

We must not forget the obvious methods of water purification. Nuclear Desalination of sea water. Solar electricity powered desalination of sea water. Running dirty water through successively finer cheese cloths. Massive solar evaporators. Devices that precipitate water vapor from the air.

One day someone will place huge osmotic filters out into the ocean and we will get clean water via the action of waves.

Water filtration powered by wind mills.

Bio energy water. In other words, let plants and bacteria purify the water for us. Some sewer plants have settling ponds and even weed or fish filled ponds for the purpose of partially filtering some pollutants out of the water.


We also have to try nature's way of cleaning water. Force as much water as possible through as much dirt, diatomaceous earth and crushed charcoal as possible.


Conservation and rationing

Hell no we won’t go! That’s no fun. I want to be able to do everything I want to do whenever I want to do with no consequences. Yeah me!

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FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

Sounds like a crowdsourced STEM challenge. I'm sure our wonderful President can get behind that, poetryman6969. ;-)


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

FlourishAnyway, I am about to move to San Diego and I want the water problem fixed before I get there! That challenge thing you mention might not be a bad idea....


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

I like your idea of offering cash prizes for the best solution. That just might work! Why not give it a try! California is certainly heading for a major water shortage catastrophe in the future if nothing is done. San Diego is a beautiful city from all reports. I have not been that far south in the state.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Peggy. San Diego was nice the last time we visited. I hope it hasn't dried out to much.

Have a blessed day!


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Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I don't know about that dirty water for plants. Doesn't that water get sucked up into the plants? If you put a celery stalk with the leaves in a glass of water with food coloring in it, the celery stalk will eventually turn that color. I hope they find a solution because California's vegetables are transported all over. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I voted up.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Hello Rachel.

Just did a quick search and stumbled across something called: Phytoremediation. The bottom line is that you can select plants and microbes that mediate certain pollutants to a certain degree. Naturally I would love to see such plants and animals take in the bad stuff and turn out water, food and fuel for us.

Be blessed!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Cash is often a HUGE incentive...it might just work. Don't be surprised if your ideas come to fruition sooner than later!!!

Angels are on the way to you this evening once again. ps


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Thanks for your encouraging words Patricia. I hope that we can all have a better tomorrow. What did they used to say: Better living through science.

Have a blessed day!


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AliciaC 20 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

There are some good ideas in this hub. Watching the news about California's drought from where I live is scary. It does seem like some radical plan is necessary to solve the problem.


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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Alicia, I had heard some alarmist say that parts of Canada might be next to have water problems but that seems hard to believe. Surely Canada is the land of inexhaustible natural resources?


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Besarien 20 months ago

I love the idea of using gray water for crops and livestock. No reason you can't use it if you treat it enough. I don't know how Californians would feel about it through. Is that organic? Too organic?


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lollyj lm 20 months ago from Washington KS

My great grandma did washing for a husband and ten children on the farm. Their clothes got horribly dirty. She used rainwater and lye soap for laundering. After every load was washed and rinsed, she used the gray (grayer than gray) water to water flowers and her vegetable garden. The plants thrived, the people thrived and all lived to ripe old ages. I use dirty dishwater to water my flowers and veggies. Works great. But for larger water needs, I wonder why California and other cities on an ocean don't desalinate??


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Besarien, the longer I think about the problem the more radical my ideas become. I still like your graphene one the best because the right bit of technology properly applied in a timely fashion is the coolest as far as I am concerned.

But there will probably still need to be other approaches since we do not always live in a one size fits all world.

I am sure someone in the California legislature is already on this one but why not encourage all the governments in California (city, county, state, and even in California, the federal government) to deny new building permits unless the builder comes in with an offsetting water supply. We don't care if he purifies existing waste or polluted water or if he desalinates sea water but the idea is to make large scale builders solve the water problem. John Smith putting on an extra room would not be covered this but Joe Megabucks putting in a new neighborhood would.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Laurel Johnson (lollyj lm) we need to do both of the things you mentioned. There must be a greater use of gray water and we must have desalination as well. The politicians say we should never let a good crisis go to waste. I hope they use this crisis to permanently grow the California water supply.


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Suzanne Day 19 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Governments are so incompetent, aren't they? Even a blind moose could see what we're not doing here but it might take the rest of humanity (ie those in charge) several hundred years to catch up. As long as the results of the filtrated water are tested, there is no harm in recycling it anywhere in our food chain. Voted interesting!


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Suzanne I have noticed that politicians spend inordinate sums of money and loads of time of idiocies and even foreign criminals when they want to but they seem mysteriously incompetent when it comes to solving real world problems.

Scientists are coming up with new ways to purify salt water everyday. Some MIT scientists just won a prize for it.

Reusing "dirty" water should have been among the first solutions reached for. Any water touched by the hand of man should never be allowed to reach the sea via sewer pipes or runoff or any other means. Whenever we move water around for any reason we should always reclaim it and reuse it.


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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

Hi, I saw about the drought on tv over here, great ideas! I often wonder why the don't somehow clean sea water, it will be interesting to see how they do it in the future, nell


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Hello Nell, you can never be too sure about why politicians don't do something. It usually has to do with who profits from whatever is proposed.

Be blessed!


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MarleneB 19 months ago from Northern California, USA

Well... I guess partially filtered water is better than no filtered water.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

MarleneB I definitely think that filtration will be part of the answer. There is a lot technology being brought bear on the situation right now.


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CatherineGiordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

Yu are so right. I really wish my house had a gray water system so I could use it to water the lawn and garden. Gray water is the water used for washing dishes or washing clothes or from your shower.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Catherine I have been hearing about some interesting ideas on the waterfront. It seems the resistance to reusing waste water is lessening in some quarters and it is my understanding that some new communities are already doing it.


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Another interesting hub from you on the environment. Very insightful about using dirty water from our reserves. Voted up!


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Kristen I think a number of us just love that dirty water. Or at least we think we should use it rather than lose it. None of the water man touches should ever be allowed to return to the sea at any time for any reason. If we could hold to that I would bet that droughts would come but they would not really bother us.


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Good point. It reminds me of that old classic 70s song about drinking dirty water. If it's dirty or polluted, it's bad for your health and animals, too.


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Akriti Mattu 19 months ago from Shimla, India

Well written and sensible post.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Akriti Mattu I am very glad you liked the post. Safe journeys and blessings to you.


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cat on a soapbox 19 months ago from Los Angeles

Hello poetryman,

As a native Californian, I have to say it's a bit late, but I'm actually glad we've been forced to wake up and face the reality of our wastefulness. I agree that agriculture should be using reclaimed water. I frankly don't want to drink filtered, ozone- purified sewage water. California is NOT England or the Mid-West, so why should are gardens look like theirs? If we had the wisdom to follow what grows natively, or at least, what suits our Mediterranean climate, we wouldn't be in this mess. Let's hope the El Nino comes to fruition in the Fall. Thanks for making me laugh with your bits of humor in an otherwise serious subject:)


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cat on a soapbox 19 months ago from Los Angeles

Poetryman, I agree that the state's priorities are skewed and also recognize the benefit of the new graphene technology in desalination. I am in favor of these plants. I also strongly feel that we Californians need to change our approach to water usage first rather than continue to waste it while turning to new supplies. Yes, it's hypocritical for big business to get the green light for projects that will negatively impact our situation while homeowners are being hit the hardest w/ cutbacks. Money has the louder voice, and it's shameful. You are correct.


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CorneliaMladenova 19 months ago from Cork, Ireland

Great hub, must be read by every farmer. I see how the water is wasted here and have always asked myself where are the politicians and why don't they criminalize the use of pure drinking water for farming :)


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poetryman6969 19 months ago Author

Cornelia I think that after solar desalination is made cheaper, more efficient and more popular, people will wonder why anyone in his right mind that lived near the sea did anything else.

Have a blessed day!


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sgbrown 17 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

I think you have some great ideas here! They may need a little refinement, but surely given enough incentive, someone could come up with a way to save our water resources.


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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Sheila I have heard that a good case can be made that all we require is aggressive management of groundwater. Basically never let any runoff reach the ocean. Whether its from rain or agricultural or homeowners you recycle each and every drop.

Be blessed.

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