People living in Sacramento might find my passion for water extreme. Before the water come out of my tap it is in Folsom Lake and treated at a plant on Barton Road. How incredible it is to imagine the movement of this water from the lake, through the pipes and out of my sink.
Even the treatment of wastewater fascinates me. Any water that flows our of my drains is treated at the Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The mechanics of the water moving, not necessarily the politics entertains me. But until recently I had no idea about the politics behind water. You turn the tap and in a second the water is there, everything is the same, but what isfthe water wasn't there? There are so many dams, aqueducts, canals, and river diversions in California that it has been impossible for me to keep track of them all. Every major city moves water from somewhere else.
Not many people really understand water and how it is delivered to them in Sacramento even though it is essential to their lives. Many people in the area have an allusion that water is so easily assessable because we have access to many rivers and lakes in the area. Our water is not easily delivered. Even more surprising is the wastefulness of Californians-they know this is an arid place.
I feel that people of Sacramento lack an appreciation for water and therefore are wasteful. If everyone understood the mechanic behind delivering the water and they amount of energy that it takes to deliver water everyone would use less.