Friday, January 31, 2014

The last big drought in California

I remember the last big drought in California which was in the mid 1970s. Then there were many brown lawns and shubs from not being watered across the state. Shasta Dam was mostly empty to the point where it was hard to water ski anymore but I think I remember houseboats still some there. The motto was "yellow mellow brown down" in regard to flushing toilets. We put 5 gallon buckets under the sink and carried them to the open toilet backs to pour the kitchen grey water into to flush them. No plants were allowed to be watered most of the time. Bottled water was the rule to drink because the remaining water wasn't usually safe to drink (or at least it tasted terrible from too many chemicals as well.

Since then people have learned that low water levels in dams often also means now more likelihood of

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during the summer and fall months many places which can kill people with compromised immune systems like those with HIV or worse even drinking tap water like that once or twice. This is true all over the country in cities even with enough rainfall year around.  And Clorine and Fluoridation does not kill Cryptosporidium because it is immune to both now here in the U.S. and likely other places as well.
So, bottled water is the safest thing to drink even though reverse osmosis systems likely would be good for cooking still.
Yes. Brown lawns most places likely will become the norm this year along with brown shrubs and no flowers for most homes in the state as well as no vegetables grown likely much at all except for people who might still have wells that the state doesn't cap during these times.
A newsman was saying today that even if it rained every other day until May the state would still be in trouble in regard to water this year.

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