Volume 89 Issue 17 | pp. 38-39
Issue Date: April 25, 2011

Challenges To Water Reuse

ACS Meeting News: Projects to recycle wastewater face not only scientific but also economic and social hurdles
Department: ACS News, Science & Technology | Collection: Climate Change, Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: water reuse, wastewater, groundwater, California, climate change

A fading, decades-old photo illustrates California’s ongoing water woes. It shows a man standing next to a telephone pole in the San Joaquin Valley, the agricultural backbone of the state. He’s marked the pole with signs at different heights, each sign indicating where ground level sat in a particular year. The one at the very bottom reads “1977,” and one about 30 feet up the pole reads “1925.”

What made the ground drop almost 30 . . .

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