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(Mother Jones)   Soon in America, just the wealthy will have clean water. Slurp it while you can, minions   (motherjones.com) divider line
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2022-09-22 10:11:34 AM  
Don't worry.  This generation of kids and young adult have played tons of survival games and know how to get water.

/And build a metal pick axe and tame dinosaurs.
 
2022-09-22 10:53:49 AM  
What do you expect when you live in a kleptocratic society in late stage capitalism? The wealthy can only steal so much tax payer dollars and gouge American consumers while paying them next to nothing for so long before it all goes to shiat .. and lookie here, everything's gone to shiat

America's Healthcare System is perhaps the costliest yet most broken in the world, our Public Education systems are not at all on par with the "First World", we have more homeless than any other developed nation, we have a far larger Prison Population than any nation in the world, and our level of income equality is on par with 3rd World nations. And now we wont even have drinkable water, while what drinkable ground water remains already belongs to CocaCola, Pepsi and Nestle

And that's without even bringing up the mass death we are going to face across the globe with the Climate Change the wealthy are insuring is going to happen

And are we investing in ourselves? Are we putting money into providing advanced education for all Americans? Are we radically overhauling our Health Care System to make it affordable and accessible? Are we putting money and resources into housing the homeless? Are we directing our youth into STEM programs to keep up with China's advancement? Are we addressing income inequality, lifting people out of poverty by providing livable income?

No. Not at all. In fact, it seems America is working hard to exacerbate all the problems that are dragging us down, in fact the GQP seems they wont be content until the American Taliban are in control and life in the US is on par with life in Afghanistan, but with Christ

What happens when China takes the lead of the Global Economy and becomes the de-facto world trade leader in the next few years, and India surpasses us a few years after that?

Enjoy living in scum and squalor, perhaps a kindly Corporate Nobleman will allow you to be a serf, slaving for his Corporation -- which is the plan for America under Peter Thiel and his "Corporatist" agenda which he has likened to "Corporate Feudalism". Honestly, that will most likely be the fate of Western Civilization, a return to serfdom, the end of Democracy and even less opportunity for class advancement than under medieval feudalism, a state we might never escape from. Very bleak, but I'm just the messenger. There's a Doc called "Capital in the 21st Century" on Netflix that is well worth watching that goes into this, or read Piketty's and Robert Reich's books
 
2022-09-22 10:53:50 AM  
Invest in Brita and Pur, I guess?
 
2022-09-22 11:09:48 AM  
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2022-09-22 11:10:21 AM  
Several years ago our water treatment plant had a leak that released who-knows-how-many hundreds of gallons of an orange chemical into the supply. It, yes, turned our water orange/brown, stained anything it touched, clogged up any devices that used water, and has PERSISTED for about 6-7 years now. The city says it's not hazardous yet it's never had any tests done to see what happens when humans consume it. The city's also spent millions trying to clean up the pipe network to little avail. My icemaker still occasionally produces brown/orange ice cubes, it still stains water pitchers/sinks/showers, and I'm still worried it's going to affect our long term health.

We all remember Flint Michigan.
 
2022-09-22 11:11:36 AM  
Even the rich won't have clean water.  It will naturally go bad for them as well.
Whether through the overall collapse of the water quality, or from a series of retaliatory sabotage actions, it'll be a natural and normal result for them.
 
2022-09-22 11:12:03 AM  
more worried about what I hear may happen to coffee than water
 
2022-09-22 11:12:05 AM  
Suck it city poors. I have a well with tested clean water and I don't live in a drought area. Except I don't really drink it, mostly stick to beer.
 
2022-09-22 11:12:16 AM  
I remember living in Shanghai and having to brush my teeth with bottled water, glad we are bringing that experience home.  Look forward to my next bout of dysentery
 
2022-09-22 11:12:28 AM  
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2022-09-22 11:13:11 AM  
Sure is fun living in the Third World, ain't it?
 
2022-09-22 11:14:15 AM  

Stargazer86: Several years ago our water treatment plant had a leak that released who-knows-how-many hundreds of gallons of an orange chemical into the supply. It, yes, turned our water orange/brown, stained anything it touched, clogged up any devices that used water, and has PERSISTED for about 6-7 years now. The city says it's not hazardous yet it's never had any tests done to see what happens when humans consume it. The city's also spent millions trying to clean up the pipe network to little avail. My icemaker still occasionally produces brown/orange ice cubes, it still stains water pitchers/sinks/showers, and I'm still worried it's going to affect our long term health.

We all remember Flint Michigan.


C'mon, when have government officials ever been wrong about the long term effects of getting some persistent orange chemical on your skin? Probably just Tang.
 
2022-09-22 11:14:38 AM  
Somewhere a bunch of Nestlé execs are sitting around and rubbing their hands together and cackling.
 
2022-09-22 11:15:55 AM  
You mean like from the toilet?
 
2022-09-22 11:16:41 AM  
But I might have to make changes to the lifestyle that I have become accustomed to....
 
2022-09-22 11:16:55 AM  

Stargazer86: Several years ago our water treatment plant had a leak that released who-knows-how-many hundreds of gallons of an orange chemical into the supply. It, yes, turned our water orange/brown, stained anything it touched, clogged up any devices that used water, and has PERSISTED for about 6-7 years now. The city says it's not hazardous yet it's never had any tests done to see what happens when humans consume it. The city's also spent millions trying to clean up the pipe network to little avail. My icemaker still occasionally produces brown/orange ice cubes, it still stains water pitchers/sinks/showers, and I'm still worried it's going to affect our long term health.

We all remember Flint Michigan.


There's a 99% chance that wasn't the result of a chemical release, it sounds like iron either from the source water (the disinfectant oxides iron(II) to iron (III) and it precipitates or a change in the water flow disturbing tuberculation in the mains.
 
2022-09-22 11:18:09 AM  
Always with the infrastructure.

I guess those taxes are good for something after all.
 
2022-09-22 11:19:00 AM  
Cue "Cadillac water service plans" the way healthcare is tiered.
 
2022-09-22 11:19:21 AM  
I live in an area where we get our water from a watershed that has seen intensive farming for over a century along with a former military base that was a superfund cleanup site. There's no way that I trust the water coming out of my tap. We have a reverse osmosis filter set up for drinking water because of this.
 
2022-09-22 11:21:02 AM  
There is a reason I chose to retire on hundreds of acres of private land in North Central Florida on a fresh water river with a fresh water spring right on our property.

Our well water is amazing.
 
2022-09-22 11:22:31 AM  
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The future has been prophesized.
 
2022-09-22 11:22:34 AM  
I'd like to claim that my water situation was one of the criteria used in choosing my house, but it's just something I lucked into. I live in a smallish town that runs gas, electric, water and sewage for the residents. The reservoirs are stocked by the copious amount of rain we get and the tap water is absolutely delicious and clean.

What I'm saying is that "just the wealthy" might be hyperbole.

Of course-- I live in the foothills, and Baltimore is a port city. Pretty much anywhere around sea level is a glorified open sewer. Even the article admits that it's weather and physics causing the problems, not a capitalist conspiracy.
 
2022-09-22 11:23:18 AM  

Stargazer86: Several years ago our water treatment plant had a leak that released who-knows-how-many hundreds of gallons of an orange chemical into the supply. It, yes, turned our water orange/brown, stained anything it touched, clogged up any devices that used water, and has PERSISTED for about 6-7 years now. The city says it's not hazardous yet it's never had any tests done to see what happens when humans consume it. The city's also spent millions trying to clean up the pipe network to little avail. My icemaker still occasionally produces brown/orange ice cubes, it still stains water pitchers/sinks/showers, and I'm still worried it's going to affect our long term health.

We all remember Flint Michigan.


Aren't they legally obligated to meet EPA water requirements? Have you tried suing them to force them to install an RO unit for you?
 
2022-09-22 11:23:38 AM  

Stargazer86: Several years ago our water treatment plant had a leak that released who-knows-how-many hundreds of gallons of an orange chemical into the supply. It, yes, turned our water orange/brown, stained anything it touched, clogged up any devices that used water, and has PERSISTED for about 6-7 years now. The city says it's not hazardous yet it's never had any tests done to see what happens when humans consume it. The city's also spent millions trying to clean up the pipe network to little avail. My icemaker still occasionally produces brown/orange ice cubes, it still stains water pitchers/sinks/showers, and I'm still worried it's going to affect our long term health.

We all remember Flint Michigan.


Your water is acidic.  It's leaching iron, lead, copper and zinc out of the pipes.  Lead is obviously toxic but so is too much iron, though not as harmful in similar ppb.
 
2022-09-22 11:24:22 AM  

Someone Else's Alt: There is a reason I chose to retire on hundreds of acres of private land in North Central Florida on a fresh water river with a fresh water spring right on our property.

Our well water is amazing.


The salt is coming. I mean you'll prob be dead by then but it's not a good long term site.
 
2022-09-22 11:24:25 AM  
butbutbutbutbut

maw free stuff!!!!
 
2022-09-22 11:24:33 AM  
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2022-09-22 11:24:37 AM  
I have a well and I'm not afraid to use it.

/265 feet deep
// Depth to water = 30 feet
///43 inches of annual rain
 
2022-09-22 11:25:47 AM  

red230: I live in an area where we get our water from a watershed that has seen intensive farming for over a century along with a former military base that was a superfund cleanup site. There's no way that I trust the water coming out of my tap. We have a reverse osmosis filter set up for drinking water because of this.


Not saying you have to be wealthy to have an RO system, but they ain't exactly cheap.  I've got one too because our water has enough nitrites in it that it's basically liquid fertilizer
 
2022-09-22 11:27:16 AM  
Considering it's us.... the poors who provide them with clean water I'm pretty sure we can divert it if we need to.
 
2022-09-22 11:27:22 AM  
We're Running Out Of Water - SOME MORE NEWS
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2022-09-22 11:27:29 AM  

NoGods: I have a well and I'm not afraid to use it.

/265 feet deep
// Depth to water = 30 feet
///43 inches of annual rain


Hi, I own property uphill and use it to store all these old barrels. The company I get them from pays me a fee per and I just pile them up, don't ask what's in them. Don't get any stupid ideas about suing me, the property is owned by GonnaGoBankruptAnyDayNow Inc.
 
2022-09-22 11:28:24 AM  
Seems to me it's not capitalism that's the cause of all these water problems - it's Democrat-run cities.
 
2022-09-22 11:28:57 AM  
White folks.

That's the thing. In America, "rich folks" and "white folks" overlap on the Venn diagram of American cultural groups so closely that we often use the terms interchangeably.

The governor openly laughs about the plight of the folks in Jackson - and, remember, Jackson is the capitol of Mississippi. "I've got to tell you," he began. "It is a great day to be in Hattiesburg. It's also, as always, a great day to not be in Jackson." He said that in a city that's about 54% Black or African-American, and he said it because he wasn't talking to them - he was talking to an audience that was "overwhelmingly white." Jackson is 82.5% Black or African-American alone. Decades of negligence, both deliberate and otherwise, led to the capitol city of a state in the United States of America suffering from an entirely-avoidable water crisis.

And so we now have articles telling us that we have to normalize something that other countries would be aghast at experiencing.
 
2022-09-22 11:29:03 AM  
If this does not bring to mind México under haciendados, nothing will.  We need a Zapata but instead we get shiat.
 
2022-09-22 11:29:08 AM  
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2022-09-22 11:29:40 AM  
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2022-09-22 11:29:55 AM  
The Barons in the balcony are laughing,
And pointing to the pit.
"Ah, look, they've grown accustomed to the smell,
Now people love that shiat".
 
2022-09-22 11:30:03 AM  
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2022-09-22 11:30:12 AM  
I installed a RO unit shortly after moving.  The water is actually okay, but there's enough residual sanitizer to make it unpleasant. Also, I home brew beer and prefer to tailor the mineral content to the beer style.
 
2022-09-22 11:30:45 AM  
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2022-09-22 11:30:50 AM  

Stargazer86: We all remember Flint Michigan.


"Remember?"

Flint, Michigan is still ongoing. It's been eight years, and they still can't drink their own tap water.
 
2022-09-22 11:30:53 AM  
We'll just quench our thirst with the blood of the rich, that's all.

=Smidge=
 
2022-09-22 11:31:24 AM  

Dr. Bison: Cue "Cadillac water service plans" the way healthcare is tiered.


At least it will be fair and the majority will be drinking water they can't afford from the moisture farm broker.
 
2022-09-22 11:32:09 AM  

Someone Else's Alt: There is a reason I chose to retire on hundreds of acres of private land in North Central Florida on a fresh water river with a fresh water spring right on our property.

Our well water is amazing.


Yeah thank God that Florida will not suffer from the ravages of climate change.

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2022-09-22 11:32:23 AM  

UberDave: Don't worry.  This generation of kids and young adult have played tons of survival games and know how to get water.

/And build a metal pick axe and tame dinosaurs.


According to John D the world's going to end in the year 2037 anyway. But that new generation that you speak of that survival obsessed lot of us are socialist and Communists are planning on coming for the people that have led us to this cliff. Sic semper tyrannis
 
2022-09-22 11:32:50 AM  

Catsaregreen: Seems to me it's not capitalism that's the cause of all these water problems - it's Democrat-run cities.


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2022-09-22 11:33:03 AM  

bdub77: Someone Else's Alt: There is a reason I chose to retire on hundreds of acres of private land in North Central Florida on a fresh water river with a fresh water spring right on our property.

Our well water is amazing.

Yeah thank God that Florida will not suffer from the ravages of climate change.

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Well maybe some people will but my ancestors will have premium beach front property.
 
2022-09-22 11:33:06 AM  
couple years ago i bought a little property up in the wilderness, right on a nice little river. with 1800s water rights. a very good clean well. seriously the best water ive ever tasted. hopefully secured a water supply for life. hearing all the talk of water crises in the future i figured it was a good investment.
 
2022-09-22 11:33:21 AM  

UberDave: Don't worry.  This generation of kids and young adult have played tons of survival games and know how to get water.

/And build a metal pick axe and tame dinosaurs.


I keep thinking I should buy a spile just in case.
 
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