We use 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. A sustainable atmospheric water systempulls water from humidity in the air. A unit about twice the size an air conditioner can provide all the water a family needs. These units are available now.
Farms use enormous amounts of water. Sprinkler irrigation uses more than 5,000 gallons per acre. Flood irrigation uses up to 27,000 gallons per acre. Drip irrigation uses only about 1,000 gallons per acre. Large sustainable atmospheric water systems can provide all water a farm needs.
Making, installing, and maintaining sustainable atmospheric water systems are a major potential growth industries. Using these systems will eliminate the need for large dams and reservoirs.
We should remove all dams that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- The dam is on a river that flows through more than one state;
- The dam was built by the Federal Government or with Federal funds;
- The dam is built on Federal land or it backs water onto Federal land.
Removing dams will restore the health of America’s rivers. Healthy rivers have a positive impact on the health of coastal areas. Removing dams will also create thousands of well paying jobs.
Removing dams may result in larger rivers and periodic flooding. Identifying and creating more undeveloped wilderness along rivers and coastal areas would mitigate the impact of potential flooding.
Some dams generate electricity. The power generated by the dams can be generated less expensively and more efficiently at the site at which the power is used.