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Guest opinion: What Mountain View residents can do amid another severe drought

Original post made on Jul 3, 2022

Right now water conservation is vitally important. Not only are we in the third consecutive year of a drought, but we are also in the driest 20-year period in over 1200 years. It's overwhelming. What should and can we do?

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Posted by People Need Water
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 3, 2022 at 1:39 pm

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How about don't vote for things that will increase the human population, or anything that incentivizes more people to come here

Posted by My Two Cents
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 3, 2022 at 4:36 pm

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This is such an important topic that deserves a lot more attention from residents, businesses, and the city.

Posted by Lauritzen
a resident of Gemello
on Jul 4, 2022 at 12:37 pm

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As I recall, we are not using our allotted treated waste water by a large percentage. Why not lay down a pipeline to bring some across 101 and closer to downtown? Think out of the box. Maybe run a pipe along a creek bed such a Permanente Creek?

Posted by Resident
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 4, 2022 at 9:49 pm

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How about investing in a desalination plant? Take water from the bay and release mountain view residents from the dependency on claimant.
Yes, water will cost more, but people will have the option to buy water if they want and progressive fare system will allow everyone to get their basic needs at a reasonable cost.

Look at how Israel did it- built multiple desalination plants and use the expensive water for residential use. Farmers still get the cheaper rain water to keep food cost lower.

Posted by People Need Water
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:18 am

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Desalination plants are so bad for the environment. Anything you propose besides population control will only exacerbate the problems we're experiencing

Posted by Lauritzen
a resident of Gemello
on Jul 6, 2022 at 1:49 pm

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Almost all of our waste water is drained into the bay. Why bother with something as expensive and troublesome as desalination when we have a perfectly good source such as waste water?

Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2022 at 2:41 pm

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Our waste water is processed in Palo Alto in a plant shared with Stanford, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Secondary sewage water is mostly dumped into the Bay but there are major existing users for landscaping at Stanford (nearly the whole campus) and in other places including the Google area north of 101 in Mountain View. Some of the waste water is pumped back into the ground up in the area near he sewage treatment plant to replenish the water table, but there's a limit as to how much can go that route.

Gary Kremen has this plan to build very long pipeline such that it could be pumped back down around San Jose where Valley water has a lot of percolation ponds which are a good way to get the water back into the water table. He said use Palo Alto's treatment plant as a source.

One very interesting thing is that if you look at the proposed route of his pipeline, about halfway down its lenght, it passes right near Sunnuvale's treatment pland--begging the question, why suck out of Palo Alto rather than build a shorter pipeline and take in the out flow of Sunnyvale?

For years, Valley Water has been buying water and pumping it into the ground in the central valley, "baking it" so that Valley Water can call on the bank when the water is needed. The only thing is, there's no real way to tap that bank.

Valley Water is generally mismanaged over a vwry long time. We need some new blood there. They mess up over and ove.

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