Water Issues, Municipal and National Water Crisis


Posted by Ben B.Boothe, Sr.

Darius the Great, was such a powerful leader in ancient Persia that many of this people considered him a God.

Darius the Great Commanding New Water System, 400 B.C.But Darius said: “I was just Darius, until we mastered irrigation. Only then did I become ‘the Great’.

The wealth of his kingdom had a foundation in good engineering of water projects. He brought in the finest minds, and created a way to divert water from rivers and underground sources, an

early “asequius” (irrigation ditch) designed by Darius the Great, 400 BC.

Darius even used underground tunnels to transport water to save evaporation. As agriculture prospered, his kingdom grew, making cities and armies possible. Darius had vision, and new the importance of water, as a key to economic development.

But an ongoing problem they had, and all history has had with water management, is the general “mineralization” and trend for water to become salty, with growing use and demand.


Years later the Arabs mastered his engineering, they called the irrigation ditches acequias, meaning “steps of delivery”, or “gradual little steps”. This alluded to the fact that the water flow sometimes was engineered to flow “up grades”, and long distances of relatively flat lands. The name, “Acequias” is still used in New Mexico today, because when the Moors invaded Spain, the technology passed on to Spain, and Spanish explorers introduced the technology to the “New World”.

This water management was superb. Indeed cities and towns across the United States still use some of the old asequias to supply city water supplies and irrigation for farming. But, as population has increased, the climate has warmed, and agriculture has sucked out more and more of available water, the ancient system is not adequate. Water throughout the world has become more mineralized, as it is “over used” again and again, by growing demands and limited supplies.

Only 2% of the world’s water is potable. The rest has become

Water Levels at Hoover Dam, Water is Depleting World Widebrackish, mineralized, polluted, or salty. Water is depleting world wide.

Many cities are stuck in a philosophical and practical rut. Many communities are still using water systems designed 30, 40, 50, or in the case of Las Vegas, New Mexico, perhaps older.The great men who designed those old systems were visionaries, and knew their work would bless people for years. My great Grandfather, helped design the water system for the town of Lamesa, (where I was born) over 100 years ago. (I wasn’t born over 100 years ago, but he was there then).

The time has come for a generation of leaders with new vision. Leaders that realize that water is the most important and pressing issue of our time, and will be the most valuable element of our culture.

In the book: Water Wars, the United Nations and the World Bank are both cited for researchon water issues and implications for conflict. It is believed that more wars and social conflict will emerge over water, in the next 50 years, than all other potential “conflict issues” combined.

Ben and Saneh Boothe have devoted years to researching water issues, and have travelled the world, to inspect, research, and interview experts on water solutions. Their stress is on desalination for clean water, by use of renewable energy, and production of food, using the same water, drip irrigated in GreenHouses powered with solar and wind.

“In Dubai, a desert land, we see one of the world’s most modern cities, with abundant water supplies. Most of it it desalinated from the ocean, and the desalination plants there are some of the largest in the world, often powered with the help of wind, solar and other renewable energy systems.” said Boothe.

In Sidney and Perth Australia, the cities have long been known to have exhausted traditional water sources. “There they have build desalination plants powered by wind turbines, and continue to have ample water for industry, agriculture and city growth.” Boothe says.

We were invited to participate and make design proposals for a new desalination plant in Harlingen, Texas. That plant, is now operating with a daily production capacity of 2,000,000 gallons per day, at a cost of $2.74 per thousand gallons. That price is about half of the average cost of water production for cities in the United States. They asked our company to create a proposal to power the system with our special designed wind turbines from Holland, and the cost to produce water, using Wind Power, showed a projected cost of 97 cents per thousand gallons.” said Boothe, chairman of http://www.wind-inc.com.

In the USA, it has been reported that there are 600 cities and towns that are facing water shortages and water supply issues. Lakes have dropped in level, rivers have dried up. Of the world’s 10 largest rivers, only 2 of them now make it to the ocean.

In China, some 1800 lakes have dried up in the past 10 years. “Take a car trip from St. Louis, to California, and just observe the rivers, lakes and waterways, and you will see how dry our nation has become.” said Boothe.

Yet there is a veritable ocean of salt water, in aquifers underground. Even fresh water aquifers often have a “heavy 1/3” at the bottom levels, that is brackish and unfit for consumption.

This is our new treasure. Towns and cities that see their lakes and “acequias” drying up or no longer adequate, may be sitting on a “gold mine” of underground salt water, that can be converted to fresh water. “Our combined system, has integrity of quality and reliability, as well as the ability to provide water for cities and agriculture for the next 100 years.” said Boothe.

The President of Cornucopia Enterprises, (http://www.cornucopia-enterprise.com, Saneh Boothe, has developed a system of agricultural greenhouses, that use wind and solar power to run irrigation pumps and fans, and well as use of drip systems. “We can grow food at a fraction of the water use, at a fraction of the energy use, and this results in fresh food, nutritious food that costs 1/2 to 1/4 of the price you now see in our nation.”

The “Boothe Team” offers their time, research, and consulting expertise to help in these critical areas, “Energy”, “Water”, and “Food”. The three critical elements for survival in our times.

For water management consulting, review of water systems, and a proposal for the feasibility of desalination as an alternative solution, contact: 800- 583 -6655, 505 454 1823 or 817 7983 1484 and ask for Ben Boothe.

Links for more information:


http://www.benboothe.com (Water Consulting and Research, Impacts upon Valuation)

http://www.wind-inc.com(Renewable energy applications)

http://www.cornucopia-enterprise.com(Food production, Greenhouses, drip irrigation)

See the video on historical water management which illustrates why we must progress: at: You Tube, benboothe  site.


About benboothe

Business Executive, bank founder and president of banks for 20 years, as well as International World Bank consultant. Ran for US Congress and for Mayor of Ft.Worth. Publisher of: Global Perspectives (http://bootheglobalperspectives.com) and owner of several businesses. One of our businesses does appraisals and another environmental consulting. Wind-Inc., distributes Wind Turbines.
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