The report that the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has been fining anyone who takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was... satire.
Still, we have a horrendous situation on our hands in California and throughout the West.
Here's our current state of drought in California.
And... here's where we were at the same period in 2011!
The LA Times published a striking animation which you can view on our Facebook page.
It could get far worse.
We've been looking forward to a new El Niño this year. That's the Pacific Ocean weather effect that can bring rain to California and save us all.
But now we hear that this year's El Niño may weaken or never appear.
In other words, this drought could go on. And on.
The situation spurred bipartisan action in Sacramento, where California Governor Jerry Brown just approved a $7.5 billion dollar bond issue to address water issues.
It goes to the voters in November as Proposition One.
My take on this is that we'll be spending a lot more than $7.5 billion in years to come... if only because the dwindling snow pack will force us to build reservoirs to capture the winter storms that may no longer fall as snow, but as rain.
So this bill launches huge spending on what many call Blue Gold — the water none of us can do without.
What's in it for OriginOil?
These are the parts of the bill that could benefit us —and our partners:
- $900 million for groundwater sustainability
(cleaning up contaminated aquifers, for example).
- $725 million for water recycling.
We're ready, too.
Click here to see an image of Bakersfield-area frack and produced water that an OriginOil licensee processed into crystal-clear water using our technology combined with theirs in an industrial demonstration system.
We can demonstrate the capability, right here in California.
Reaching 37,000 Oil Industry Readers
Meanwhile, thanks to your support, this photo will appear on the September cover of Oil, Gas and Petrochem Equipment magazine — boasting 37,000 petroleum industry subscribers!
Already we are besieged with requests to demonstrate our system throughout North America.
And in fact, we are taking it on the road starting in September.
This will add to the flood. Bring it!!
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Riggs and Team
President & CEO
OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL)