posted on May, 22 2014 @ 01:19 PM
a reply to: Wrabbit2000
Speaking of water problems, I live in Wichita falls Texas, we are not going to be a town for more than another year if we don't get some rain or
water piped in here.
All 3 lakes are below 25% capacity. Our situation is so dire we have taken on and built the largest effluent treatment and reuse project on earth.
We have hit the national news several times and international news a couple times as well now.
I have a plan to fix this, but it would require a big up front cost, but little cost after initial construction.
Texas is on the gulf, there a trillions of gallons of sea water out there, it just needs to be desalinated.
We build right on the coast a long thin concrete tub, dasically about 30 feet wide and say a mile or 2 long that will let sea water in at high tide
and hold it, then we build a greenhouse type enclosure over it to trap heat to evaporate the water, and use a geothermal system to cool panels at the
top angled to the sides where catch trays will collect the now desalinated water.
Nature will do most of the work here.
Now about once a month we close it down for a high tide low tide cycle and allow the highest bidder to come in and collect the accumulated sea salt(
the stuff is pricy btw), we use this revenue for maintenance and power to run the geothermal cooling system for the water vapor condencing panels. We
could just make one panel out of every few a solar cell to power it, but this would drastically raise the start up price.
Not perfect but it is a decent plan IMHO.