Instead of pumping our drinking water from the ground water which is contaminated by:
HEAVY METALS: TOXIC CHEMICALS: MICROORGANISMS: ORGANIC: INORGANIC:
Sources: Human and animal waste; Soil Runoff; Water Disinfection chemicals; Discharge from petroleum refineries, fire retardants, ceramics, electronics, lead solder; Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from steel, metal factories; Discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories, and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits; Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaking from septic tanks, sewage; Leaching from ore-processing sites; Discharge from electronics, glass, and drug factories; Runoff from herbicide used on row crops; Discharge from industrial chemical factories; Runoff from insecticides; etc.
Why not promote Rain Water Harvesting to help reduce this crisis and bypass some of the above contaminants. As far back as 1973 I lost my job as a plumber due to a building moratorium in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa, Fl area, because of a severe water shortage. However, I was able to acquire a position as an Aerial Photo Navigator utilizing my Viet Nam experiences. One of my tasks was to map the Pasco County to Tampa FL water line while under construction, the many miles long pipeline was 12 feet in diameter.
During that 3 year tenure, my pilot and I had to fly to San Antonio, TX to get the Ziess RMK 15/23 mapping camera calibrated. During that visit while discussing our drinking water crisis, the lab engineers chimed in, that San Antonio also had a water crisis. All the residential and commercial construction north of the city were sucking so much from the aquifer, to the point that water wells south of the city were drying up. So the water crisis was well known 41 years ago.
However, Texas does allow and promote Rain Water Harvesting, even by subsidizing homeowner’s RWH implementations.
Isn’t it time Florida considers a similar but more robust solution?
BTW, there are Bottled Water companies in Florida which use Rain Water Harvesting as their resource.