Water Savings Ideas Collected By State Officials

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Dozens of ideas to bring more water to California have been coming into various state agencies, including recurring schemes that have proved to be too expensive or impractical.

The Office of Emergency Services is collecting and categorizing ideas, such as the age old proposal to tow icebergs to California for drinking water use.

The idea has been floated for 200 years and a proposal actually got a vote of support from the state Senate during the last drought emergency in the late 1970s.

Of course, it depended on the federal government to come up with $60 million to carry out the plan, and it never happened.

The latest suggestions also don't outline who might pay for a such endeavors. The latest cost estimate is somewhere north of $100 million.

Other ideas include actor William Shatner's proposal to build a water pipeline from the Seattle area to California. He's trying to raise $30 million for the project despite environmental hurdles and the fact that Washington State has its own water shortage to worry about.

Importing snow from the East Coast is a recurring idea, even though state officials actually put a cost estimate of $437 billion to make up for the state's water deficit, two-and-half times the amount of the entire state budget.

Other ideas range from schemes to remove pollutants from the air to reverse global warming to using biodegradable towels that are thrown away instead of washed.

Despite the costly and unworkable suggestions, agencies like the State Energy Commission is soliciting ideas from citizens on how to reduce water and energy use. It is actually offering grants to test out promising ideas.

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