SEARCH BLOG: MANDATE and WATER
Yesterday's post dealt with the Federal government's mandate for automotive fuel efficiency... CAFE. After posting that, I began to speculate on the next, great government mandate.
My guess is significant restriction of water usage.Think about it. Periodic droughts south of 35° N and renewed talk about diverting water from the Great Lakes [wonder how Canada would react?]. Ground water drying up in the southwestern states. The Colorado River a constant source of concern and debate.
I see the following possible government-mandated water regulations circa 2020:
- All consumer appliances using water must be restricted to 1/2 the 2008 standards, including; faucets, dishwashers, toilets, washing machines.
- All lawn systems must have separate meters that will be limited to X gallons per month with mandatory shut-offs.
- Irrigation from ground water is forbidden
- All phosphate fertilizers [which could contaminate ground and lake water] are forbidden
- All new buildings must be built with rainwater catch basins to supplement non-drinking water needs.
- Bottled water from underground sources is forbidden
- Bottled water-based products from underground sources are forbidden
- All cities must ensure that underground distribution systems of water are certified leak-free.
- All water purification must be done at solar or wind-powered facilities
- Water, other than rain water, for any landscaping purpose is forbidden.
- All watercraft must use only electric or manual propulsion systems to avoid water contamination.
- All ships carrying any non-water liquids in U.S. territory must have double-hulls.
- All land-based transport of non-water liquids must be in double-walled containers
- and on and on....
Water is limited [ignore all of that water running back out to the oceans]; population is growing. It's time to act so that we don't run out of water before we die from global warming [neither is likely, but water quality is a concern in many places in the U.S.].And the cost couldn't be too much, could it? Let's have a 1/10 penny-per-gallon tax on water to finance the administrative cost of enforcing this mandate. At 400 million gallons per day, that will raise $150 billion per year.
That should be enough for the needed enforcers. Of course there might be other costs.Of course, there is the alternative of living where there is abundant water....