The Permanent Water Solution for LI
Long Island relies on its three aquifers for 100% of its water needs, but is blazing through them. It is estimated that in ten years, all of Long Island's drinkable groundwater will be gone. However, there is a practical solution: de-salination. This process takes seawater, and by reverse osmosis, separates the salt (which can be used as table salt) from the pure water. Unfortunately, past attempts to build one on Long Island, which is surrounded by saltwater, have been vetoed by lawmakers, who cite the project as 'too expensive'. On the contrary, the only other solution to meet Long Island's water needs would be to transport water from upstate. But this would be even more expensive in the long term, to transport millions of gallons of water a year to serve the 2.7 million people currently relient on our aquifers, as well as impractical. Upstate water resources are a limited supply, and soon, that water supply would be depleted as well. No remaining water source would be available.
Seawater surrounding Long Island is connected and part of the Atlantic ocean, the second-largest body of water in the world, so its water is, for all practical purposes, a nearly unlimited supply. As detailed before, pure salt would be a bi-product of de-salination. Please pledge your voice so that pure, clean water will be available for generations of Long Islanders to come.