In the past couple of years, San Antonio; as well as, the State of Texas, has been struggling with drought and other water related problems; such as, the dramatic drop in the water levels. A wise man once said “You won’t miss your water until your well runs dry’ (Nests Robert Marled).
This inconvenient truth can be applied to many things in life, especially when it comes to deal with the water problems that San Antonio faces at the moment.Since San Antonio Edwards Aquifer level reaches 650 feet water levels a ‘Stage 2″ restrictions have been implement in order to help prevent a worst case scenario. In addition to the alarming fact that water levels have been dropping every year and not as much rain have been falling in San Antonio, Texas is one of the most driest states in the United States, Droughts are a constant concern for the agriculture sector, and water plays a major role when it comes to economic growth; even though, many may thing its impact may be insignificant.A city without water its a desert, a colorful city is a well-nurtured city, and a well- nurtured city relays in beater to sustain its colors and to survive as a metropolitan city. Simple and quite non-expensive solutions and innovations can be adopted by he City of San Antonio in order to solve its water problems. Solutions and innovations that are already available around the world, Which can truly beneficial San Antonio in great extend.Solutions such as, improving the recycling water which SAWS (San Antonio Water System) uses, using the concept of pre-paid water and finally introducing new water acts and laws that will enforce people to act and help preserve the water that still available for San Antonio,’ as well as, treats that can be established by nearby states, These types of solutions are easy to implement and easy to regulate and managed.They are lotions that one way or another has been used in the past, being use in the present, and being proved so they can work better and more efficient in the future, For instance, the peninsula of Singapore in south East Asia has total population of 5.
31 million people and a population growth rate of I (2013 est.. ), In a total land spend of 7143 NV there isn’t a single natural water source that can sustain population. The government of Singapore were forced to adapt and try to solve in the best way possible the issue, which is fresh drinking and usable water.The government were in a way forced to establish a more political approach guarding the issue of water.
As being a part of Malaysia once in the past, the Singapore government signed a partnership in open tax free border trading, in exchange of 350 million gallons of raw water daily at 3 Malaysian cents ($0. 01) per thousand gallons. Singapore also agreed to provide Juror (a Malaysian State near Singapore) with a daily supply of treated water at a price of 50 cents (SO. 7) per I ,OHO gallons Of an endless supply Of fresh water up for SO years Which expired in 201 1 (Mongo Palatine). The same concept can be implemented between San Antonio and other neighboring cities. Mutual agreements and compromises between the cities can be agreed on so both parties gain something in the long The other approach that the Singapore government took in order to solve the water scarcity, was the distillation process, which countries in the Middle East; such as, Dubbed also uses.
The distillation process works by, collecting and desalinating sea or salt water, mixing with flocculation and then filtrating in two different sections, when final product which is the clear water is collected nutrients are added so it can be supplied to the public. After it enters the striation system the same water then recycle with the rest of the rain and used water that is collect by the drainage system. This type of innovations or methods is being used by the SAWS (San Antonio Water System), but not in a big scale.With a wide territory that is available San Antonio have the means and the funds to build such systems that can beneficial all of its residents in a long run.
The San Antonio Government should not let the people decides what’s best for themselves When it Comes to water issues. They should add new laws on the top of the old water laws in order to enforce the people to act and help preserve the cost precious natural recourse we hue available Which is fresh water. The other solution that can benefit in great stand San Antonio is the concept of pre-paid water.The concept is based on the booming concept Of pre-paid electricity that is been used mainly in countries such as South Africa, Sudan, India, and also popular in the United Kingdom and in 15 states in the United States.
The concept was designed for low income citizens or nations in developing countries. The concept works in a simple and easy way, which primarily consists in adding an electronic meter in the house or apartment and y doing so the costumer is pure much in charge of its electricity usage.The costumer decides and determinants on how much electricity he needs and by paying a set amount of money to a certain amount to electricity, the costumers will be given a code on which he will then put in the electric meter that he has, For this concept the costumer does not need to sign a contract or even have a credit check done on him, There is not a late fee because the process is based on a pay as you go mind frame. Ingenious solutions and innovations are and always have been available if we know how to look for them. Those in the paper mention; such as, the prepaid water system can help solve in great stand.