Water is the biggest risk to the global economy
Bob Bryan May 11, 2016, 7:29 PM
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April 19, 2016 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile
Over the weekend, just as I was arriving back to Chile after a few weeks away, the sky above Santiago opened up and started to dump heavy rain on the city.
I was already in the car on the way down to one of our farms once the rains began.
But apparently the downpour was so heavy it caused an epic, almost biblical flood of some of the major rivers in the area.
It was pretty nasty in Santiago; the city just isn’t used to rainfall of that level.
Parts of one of the main highways were totally submerged. Major retail and office buildings were flooded and had to close.
The power grid went down sporadically in a lot of neighborhoods.
And the city’s water system virtually shut down, so millions of people had to go a few days without access to running water.
I’m not trying to paint a picture of chaos and pandemonium; Chile has seen its share of natural disasters, and they tend to deal with such things in a civilized manner.
But still-- who wants to go a few days without access to water and electricity?
It’s easy to take basic utilities for granted when all we have to do is flip a switch and the lights come on... or turn a faucet and water comes out.
A lot of us have grown up in an environment where we’ve never even had to think about the enormous effort from thousands of people and millions of tons of resources it takes to make that happen.
That is, of course, until the power and water go out. Then we start thinking a lot about it.
It’s like health, in a way. Few people wake up feeling grateful for being in good health that morning.
But the moment illness strikes we long for that feeling of wellness.
In my case, the flooding didn’t affect me at all. We got a lot of rain down here at the farm, and the power went up and down sporadically, but it didn’t matter one bit.
In addition to generating a healthy commercial profit, the farm where I am right now can also produce its own food, water, and electricity.
In fact, most of our farms are totally self-sufficient in this way. And it just makes a lot of sense.
Being self-sufficient means that no matter what happens in the world, we’ll be able to deal with anything from a position of strength.
But as we discussed yesterday, part of being a Sovereign Man is having a strong sense of independence and self-reliance.
From a financial perspective, that doesn’t necessarily mean being super rich, but rather educating one’s self to build an independent source of income.
It also means having greater independence from the banking system so that you have more control over your savings.
(This is why I’ve long recommended holding physical cash and precious metals, rather than keeping 100% of your savings in a bank with shaky fundamentals.)
From a personal perspective, this concept of self-reliance also means taking steps to reduce your dependence on the big grid.
I feel a bit strange saying this, because I’m not a doom-and-gloom, ‘the end of the world is nigh’ sort of person.
I’m actually quite optimistic about the world and all the opportunities I’ve seen traveling to 120 countries.
But the world is certainly changing, and that carries a degree of risk.
The big titanic governments that ruled that past are rapidly going broke. That, too, carries a degree of risk.
And as our experiences in Chile over the weekend attest, sometimes the unexpected happens.
As a Sovereign Man, I’d rather be in control of my own fate.
And that means not having to depend 100% on the complicated logistics of transporting coal across the country in order for the lights to come on.
If that system works, I can still use it. If it doesn’t work, it won’t affect me.
This is not to say that everyone should live on a self-sufficient farm and grow their own food (though it is a very nice lifestyle).
Start small. And cheap. Buy some bottles of water and store them some place in your home, out of sight and out of mind.
Or even still, just fill up some old bottles with tap water. It’s practically free.
Don’t feel weird about it-- it’s not crazy to keep a little bit of extra water around the house at almost zero cost. And you certainly won’t be worse off for having it.
It’s like holding a bit of physical cash: there’s basically zero cost for doing it.
But in the event that any of these risks become a reality, it’ll be one of the smartest things you do.
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Absolutely... have a great week ahead.
Thanks for posting, I will be looking into this further. One thing I do know is the press tends to run with anything controversial, often mischaraterizing/oversimplifying, most certainly zerohedge included.
In the water industry, I've dealt with this countless times...I'm not saying there wasn't anything wrong done here, just that there is more to the story and the way the articles are written are misleading. I started making comments of what was flat out wrong or mischaracterized...just don't have time to dissect it all.
Thanks for bringing this to the board's attention.
No way do I accept this theory of yours... no possible way.
As well, ZeroHedge has picked up the Sacramento water story:
Click the link for all the embedded hyperlinks like this:
The video in the link is a broadcast of the news... SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO WATER... SKIMMING AN ARTICLE WORKS ONLY SOMETIMES....
Sounds like fear mongering to me. These people have no idea what they're talking about....
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by: Daniel Barker
(NaturalNews) The severe droughts affecting the western United States are approaching apocalyptic proportions as the water level of Lake Mead - America's largest capacity reservoir - has reached the lowest point in its history.
Lake Mead, which was formed when the Hoover Dam was built, supplies water to around 40 million people and is also a crucial agricultural resource in the region. Humans, livestock and crops in Arizona, California, Nevada and even northern Mexico depend on water from Lake Mead (and the Colorado River which feeds it) for power, drinking water and irrigation.
Major metropolitan areas including Las Vegas and Phoenix also rely heavily on Lake Mead water.
The water levels have just dropped (as of this writing on April 30, 2015) below 1,080 feet - that's lower than last year's record low level of 1080.19 feet.
What makes this even scarier is the fact that last year's record low occurred in August - this year the record has been broken before the end of April and predictions are that the levels will continue to drop another seven feet by the end of June.
Lake Mead is fed by the Colorado River, which is in the midst of a relentless "super-drought" that has lasted 14 years so far, and which is expected to worsen over the coming years.
The Colorado River carries water from melted snow that flows into it from the "upper basin states" which include Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Lake Mead gets 96 percent of its water from this snow melt, which dropped below 47 percent of normal in 2013.
This decrease in snowpack runoff has in turn caused Lake Mead and other reservoirs along the Colorado River to drop to levels as low as 40 percent of capacity since the drought began.
Levels nearing "critical point"
The lake levels are nearing the critical point when federal officials will begin rationing water deliveries to Arizona, Nevada and some areas in California.
Recent studies have indicated that the drought is unlikely to end any time soon. In fact, mean annual runoff is expected to drop another 8.5 percent by the middle of the century.
The building boom that greatly expanded the size and population of urban areas throughout the Colorado basin region - including Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities - was largely due to the record high levels of Lake Mead during the last half of the 20th century.
No one expected the water levels to drop so far and so fast. Now the entire region faces a very uncertain future as temperatures are expected to continue rising and water resources continue to dwindle.
The Las Vegas area is particularly threatened. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:
"Smack in the middle is the Las Vegas Valley, which draws roughly 90 percent of its water from the river using two intake pipes at Lake Mead. A new deep-water intake is expected to go online by the end of summer, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority is rushing to design and build an associated pumping station to keep water flowing to the community even if the reservoir shrinks another 185 feet to 'dead pool,' the level at which that Hoover Dam can no longer release water.
Such a scenario was once unthinkable, but now water managers are spending a great deal of money preparing for it. The combined cost of the water authority's new intake pipe and pump station will likely top $1.4 billion."
As global temperatures continue rising, and more demands are placed on dwindling reservoirs, water availability is likely to become one of the crucial issues facing populations across the globe.
Conserving water at home
We all need to do our part to help conserve water - here are 10 facts about the amount of water we waste, as compiled by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert, authors of Water: Use Less - Save More:
• Americans now use 127 percent more water than we did in 1950.
• About 95 percent of the water entering our homes goes down the drain.
• Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste 4 gallons of water.
• Older toilets can use 3 gallons of clean water with every flush, while new toilets use as little as 1 gallon.
• Leaky faucets that drip at the rate of one drop per second can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water each year.
• A garden hose or sprinkler can use almost as much water in an hour as an average family of four uses in one day.
• A water-efficient dishwasher will use as little a 4 gallons per wash cycle, whereas some older models use up to 13 gallons per cycle.
• Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of landscape water use goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by over-watering.
• Many people in the world exist on 3 gallons of water per day or less. We can use that amount in one flush of the toilet.
• Over a quarter of all the clean, drinkable water you use in your home is used to flush the toilets.
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