“In California a whopping 19 percent of the total electrical demand is used in some way to move or treat water. Large, centralized water transportation systems like the California Aqueduct consume enormous amounts of electricity lifting water nearly 2,000 feet on its journey to southern California. And the myriad of groundwater wells across the U.S. consume electrical power every time a farmer chooses to pump water from the ground. Water treatment plants in urban environments are typically the largest single energy user in towns and cities.”
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