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Rerouting Continental Rainfall to solve Drought problems

JoshDM (741866) writes | more than 2 years ago

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I live in South Florida, where it can rain several times a day, yet it feels as though none of this water is captured for consumption or usage elsewhere, and the news is always reporting Lake Okeechobee to be at perpetually low levels. I recently visited some midwestern US states during the current drought and thought if we could somehow reroute this seeming overabundance of rainfall northward, it could be put to some use. My mind wandered to some sort of large water pipe system, possibly bu

I live in South Florida, where it can rain several times a day, yet it feels as though none of this water is captured for consumption or usage elsewhere, and the news is always reporting Lake Okeechobee to be at perpetually low levels. I recently visited some midwestern US states during the current drought and thought if we could somehow reroute this seeming overabundance of rainfall northward, it could be put to some use. My mind wandered to some sort of large water pipe system, possibly built over (above) the swampland, with artificial trees branching skyward to aid in capturing rainfall and submitting it to the system, which would eventually empty into a reservoir. Slashdot, what ideas can we crowdsource, or are there already solutions in place that the general public knows nothing of?

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Been done before (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 2 years ago | (#40622917)

It was called the Aqua Appia [wikipedia.org] . Or more recently, the California Aqueduct [wikipedia.org] .

The power requirements to pump water halfway up the US would be staggering.

Re:Been done before (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | more than 2 years ago | (#40633005)

Shouldn't be any worse than pumping oil across Alaska. Water pipelines might be the perfect place for these [phys.org] .

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