The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 April 2008

Dry up

One hundred gallons per person, per day, that's it:

A small town in Central Florida is considering forcing a 100-gallon-per-person daily limit on water for its residents.

Some residents in Oakland, which is located south of Apopka, are outraged over the proposed limit on water and said the rapid growth in the area must stop until there is no longer a shortage.

How short are they?

Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty said that if the county does not have a 40 percent reduction in water use, the aquifer will not have enough water to sustain the county.

Similar to surrounding cities, water bills in Oakland order "no watering on any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or face a $500 fine."

Local 6 reported that an average resident can use up to 90 gallons of water before leaving the house for the day.

Fits says one answer might be desalinization plants:

Florida, along with several other southern states hit hard by the recent droughts, are actually thinking of creating desalinization plants, something they KNOW will take power away from local governments because if they have one less fear to hold over peoples heads they become less powerful.

Of course desalinization should have been tried decades ago, but holding millions of people hostage was simply loads more fun. Towns continue to grow, local authorities rake in the cash from "impact fees" and pray that the newcomers are minorities so that they can then beg the Feds for more handouts.

Meanwhile, Orange County, California is running a Groundwater Replenishment System, which captures and purifies water from the county's sewage system, bringing it up to beyond drinking-water quality, and then injects it into the aquifer underneath. Jennifer Barone reports in Discover (May) that "desalinating seawater, another option that had been under consideration, would be considerably more expensive than recycling — from 50 percent to 400 percent more so." These numbers may vary in Florida, of course.

And I note from my own water bill, just arrived on Saturday, that in only four of the last twelve months did I use as much as 3,000 gallons a month — a hundred gallons a day.

Posted at 7:32 PM to Dyssynergy

Drought? what drought? if you read Sullivan, this winter was particularly cold and rainy, with thunderstorms, a La Nina pattern.

About desalination plants: they work in Israel. For many years now.

Posted by: Tatyana at 6:50 AM on 9 April 2008

Sully doesn't comprehend anything that happens down South, unless it's in Southern California.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:48 AM on 9 April 2008

Who's Sully?
I mean Alan Sullivan, *seablogger*. He's not in SoCali - but in Hollywood Marina, Florida. And been weather-blogging for years.
I thought I saw you linking some of his posts before.

Posted by: Tat at 9:20 AM on 9 April 2008

Oh, that Sullivan. My apologies. I'd believe anything Alan says before anything Andrew Sullivan says.

(Force of habit: I see "Sullivan" by itself, I assume they're referring to the fellow at The Atlantic.)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:32 AM on 9 April 2008

Yeah, you gave me a pause - but it's understandable. I don't read Andrew S., for years now.
Alan has his excellent Global Cooling article link at the banner now; illuminating.

Posted by: Tat at 10:44 AM on 9 April 2008

The weather where Alan Sullivan lives, in South Florida, is different from the weather in Central Florida, where I live and which is the focus of this story. Somewhere around Lake Okeechobee the change occurs. It's much drier up here (for Florida -- when I first moved up here from Miami the small change in humidity caused my skin to dry out), for one thing. We also have different seasons -- South Florida has a rainy season and a dry season, like the tropics; Central Florida has a long, hot summer, a shorter, cooler autumn/winter (it doesn't really get cold enough for real winter, though there are many more cool days up here then down south), and then a short, usually warm and dry spring. And I can vouch that we've been in a drought -- this past weekend was the first rain we've had in a long time.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 12:18 PM on 9 April 2008

Andrea, why did you move there?It's like voluntarily relocate to Karakum!

Posted by: Tat at 1:25 PM on 9 April 2008

I've lived in Florida all my life -- I was born in Miami. I moved to the Orlando area almost nine years ago. I actually prefer it up here to Miami -- Miami is not only viciously hot and humid most of the year, the people have a reputation for rudeness that exceeds that of New York -- probably because so many New York transplants live down there. (It's known as the "Sixth Borough.") And it's also terribly expensive to live there. And Hurricane Andrew stripped most of the trees from the place. At least Orlando, for all its faults, still has a lot of trees, despite the three hurricanes that passed over the area a few years back.

That being said, I still plan to move away from Florida one of these days.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 6:14 AM on 10 April 2008