A few years ago when people were not all that dependent on technology, many would laugh if you told them, that you buy products online or read e-books. However, these days, those very people are so hooked on to technology, that even they avail of the convenience that technology provides. So, there is no denying the fact that technology these days is making life simple for us.
Technology is also making a lot of things possible, that we couldn’t even imagine. For example a decade and a half ago, a drought would be treated as a national crisis and coming out of that condition would take a lot of time. Men would have to labor, manually, for hours, to extract water which would be sufficient enough to meet farming needs. But these days, a drought or a tough water condition can be addressed much more easily.
Water Conditions in California- Fixable?
A drought is still a huge matter of concern to the people of the nation but with technology on their side, the problem isn’t so big that it can’t be solved. First off, with the advent of advanced machines, manual labor has lessened making jobs like extracting water, a lot easier.
There is ample water beneath the surface of barren land to meet the water shortage. However, the water is so polluted that without purification, it can be used for crops. Therefore, farmers, who initially received water for their crops, now have to buy it at a high cost. This results food prices shooting up. Hence, it is not a viable option.
However, companies are trying to use technology to fix the situation and if all goes well, the water shortage can be ‘fixed’.
How is Technology Helping?
In wheat fields in California, a huge solar receiver has been installed that capture solar energy. The receiver then uses this energy to create heat that helps in desalinization of water, instead of generating electricity.
This is a just one division of a project by WaterFX, a start-up based in San Francisco that taps contaminated water from below the surface to irrigate dry land. The solar thermal desalinization plant, worth 1 million dollars, helps in purifying the tapped water at practically half of the cost it takes to desalinize water, traditionally. The solar receiver purifies water and reuses excess energy through a chemical process rather than using equipments run by electricity. This means that the receiver is saving energy and hence cutting costs.
This way, technology, slowly, can solve a lot of water crises in lands that are drought stricken and have less to no means to afford fresh water for crops. Water cleaning technology is therefore a boon to farmers and on further development will prove to be the perfect solution to irrigation problems.