Joe Brucia: Why not pipe water cross-country?

July 7, 2014 

Lately, there has been a lot of flood water going to waste in the Midwest. Looking toward the future, why couldn’t their surplus water be pumped to the West? It seems like they always have extra water when the West is in drought. Could a pipeline to the Colorado River be feasible? Then our existing Southern California pipes would pump it from there. In concept, such a pipeline would be similar to an interstate highway. Politically, it would be as controversial as the Keystone pipeline. However, in the long term it might even be cheaper than some of the recent intrastate proposals. Perhaps we can even conceive of a north-south pipeline from Canada. They have lots of water.

Joe Brucia, Merced

Editor’s note: The Colorado River already provides roughly 3 percent of Southern California’s water.

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