03 May '11, 8am

California’s Decaying Water Management Systems

California’s Decaying Water Management Systems

Water as it is used for agricultural purposes in California is stockpiled in lakes and reservoirs, and behind dams, with municipalities and individuals laying claim to access rights. Thus, California’s water management infrastructure is key to conveying and delivering water across the state. The labyrinth of pipes, pumps and aqueducts that carry water from the abundant north to the dry, but farmland and population-rich south has not been upgraded since the World War II era. This aging infrastructure exhibits a high degree of entropy and is incredibly unsustainable, as evidenced by the fact that nearly one in every six gallons of potable water in the U.S. leaks through our decaying water infrastructure , and back into the hydrological cycle, before it can be put to use.

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/californias-decaying-...

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