Water Advocate Kleyne Says Don’t Play Politics with Water. Kleyne & Orange County Water District Manager Call for Better Water Education.
Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, has earned her reputation as an international expert in the study of dehydration of the earth’s atmosphere and the body’s water vapor. She is also constantly teaching people about the world’s current water crisis and international hotspots.
One such hotspot is California, where Kleyne believes politics got in the way of common sense and greatly contributed to creating the brutal drought conditions that plagued the state for three-plus years. “The original Governor Brown (Edmund G. “Pat” Brown) oversaw the construction of the aqueducts that brought essential water to farmers throughout the state. But a few years ago, according to Kleyne, many of these aqueducts were closed in order to save an endangered fish. The fish were saved, but vast tracts of farmland withered and died. Kleyne believes that this constitutes malfeasance of the greatest kind. She hopes that sanity prevails once again and the aqueducts and canals are opened once more to the farmers and farmland that need the water most.
Though the killer drought continues to ravish parts of the state, some Californians are breathing sighs of relief. Sudden rainfall and melting of record snowpack have brought blessed relief to some parts of the Golden State, including Orange County. Mike Markus, General Manager of the Orange County Water District (www.ocwd.com ), is a California native who grew up in Orange County. He said that the influx of new water has replenished the county groundwater basin, which is the county’s largest source of drinking water. The basin—270 square miles in size—delivers approximately 75% of the water supply to 2.4 million residents in north and central Orange County. Markus emphasized that his district does a great job educating people about where their water comes from. Marcus is especially proud of one outreach program, the Children’s Water Education Festival, which is a highly successful two-day event attracting thousands of people to talks and interactive displays.
Water advocate Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica, sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, also encourages people to become better educated about water and their own health. “Too many people are dismissive about our water problems. They say ‘oh, it’s only water’. Well, you might just as well say, ‘it’s only life’. Believe me,” said Kleyne, “we have run out of wiggle room on this issue. If the global water crisis gets much worse, we’ll have to contend with billions of people whose health will have suffered because they’re dehydrated. At the same time,” Kleyne added, “over-evaporation of earth’s water vapor will severely compromise the air we breathe.”
Kleyne praised Markus and his Orange County Water District for keeping drinking water safe for millions of people, for doing so much to expand education opportunities in water and developing new technology for smarter water use.
As an example of new water technology, Markus shared that the Orange County District has come to rely more and more on recycled water, specifically waste water that is, after an advanced filtration process, converted into distilled water. Orange County’s is the first facility to use reverse osmosis in this process. “People have a right to clean, healthy water,” Markus concluded. “We have the technology and we have the experience. Now we need the commitment from elected officials to invest in water and water education for everybody.”