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Most highly populated cities have aging infrastructure systems for water distribution. It is no secret that they will require replacement soon. If we incorporate and leverage sophisticated hydropower technology into the design, we not only renew reli

Most highly populated cities have aging infrastructure systems for water distribution. It is no secret that they will require replacement soon. If we incorporate and leverage sophisticated hydropower technology into the design, we not only renew reli

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Jason commented on Working Water

Thank you so much for the feedback and perspectives! I will try to address your questions in order.

Meg, you are spot on with your comparison to tidal power. When I say that "water is the constant", I am addressing the fact that it is present where ever there is life. Access to water for intake in its fresh form or disposal of it in its waste form requires some a series of pumping, flushing systems. Not many modern societies have escaped this dynamic. So much so that many major cities were established with coastal proximity in mind. That was the underpinning of my idea of "water is the constant".

Thank you also for lending your perspective on the fluctuating flows that California waterways present. I love the offshore spin to this idea. I would love to partner with you to expand on that idea.

Anesa, I agree with you that galvanizing the support of policymakers will be critical for implementation. It is no secret that an infrastructure overhaul (sewage system, power grid, etc.) is long overdue. The increased demand and price of energy has been made public as well. Together, these two issue make a unique platform for any politician/policy maker. Leveraging existing resources for energy generation makes the idea attractive. The creation of new jobs to support this type of work will appeal to masses. Curriculum development to train this workforce will draw academic and training institutions. Each of the aforementioned are feathers in the cap for any policy maker working in communities realizing increasing levels of unemployment and cost of living. Thank you for the challenging question. I would love it if you would help me see any other potential gaps in thinking. Looking forward to partnering with you.