Water Terracing™

To address the most pressing water challenges: conservation of freshwater, and floodwater control, PluribusOne™ Consulting has invented and is pursuing development of Water Terracing™. The idea has been introduced to government officials in the USA and to numerous interested parties world-wide. As soon as we obtain the necessary funding, we will be building a working model of a Water Terrace™ unit to ensure making effective presentations to NGOs and community groups in flood-prone areas around the world. Our immediate purpose is to establish alliances and begin pilot projects.

Water Terracing™ enables the capture and containment of floodwaters and facilitates their management, including conversion to drinking water. Go to our Image File #27 to see a scale-model diorama that depicts a Water Terrace™ unit (partial view) working to protect residential and commercial properties as well as railways and roads. Water Terrace™ installations with solar-powered lighting can also create tourist attractions and serve other recreational purposes such as elevated ice-skating parks. Some Water Terrace™ units can serve as fish hatcheries or water gardens—industries with employment expansion potential. All such ancillary uses create entrepreneurial as well as environmental opportunities. Each installation can be tailored to serve the unique needs of surrounding communities. Because Water Terracing™ involves creation of massive new infrastructure, it also represents major contract opportunities for engineering and construction firms and job creation at all skill levels.

The following are some of the many areas directly and severely impacted by floods just during 2010 and into January 2011:

  • Climate change caused summer floods in Europe, particularly from the Austrian Alps into the Czech Republic. Nine times in five years there have been mass evacuations, deaths, and destruction with costs estimated in the tens of billions of euros, while freshwater from the glacial melts was lost to the sea.
  • Monsoons in July and August affected 20 million people in Pakistan, leaving millions homeless, destroying two million homes, and causing other damages, totaling an estimated $9.5 billion dollars.
  • Heavy rains in Russia’s Southern Krasnodar Region devastated dozens of villages, causing deaths and the evacuation of citizens.
  • In the single month of August, 2010, severe floods and resulting mudflows were reported in Guatemala, Germany, Poland, India, and China.
  • One large September storm put a city in North Carolina underwater when the Cashie River rose 16 feet above the flood stage. The average annual cost of floods in the USA exceeds $2 billion dollars.
  • In December, heavy rains in the Balkans forced 20,000 people to evacuate and caused damages amounting to more than $450 million dollars.
  • In Australia, heavy rains that began in November swelled rivers and flooded an area larger than France and Germany. Despite dams, levees, and makeshift barriers, this slow-motion disaster devastated towns, farmlands, and urban centers such as Brisbane. As of January, 13, 2011, floodwaters continue to expand and wreak havoc. The cost will be measured in billions of dollars.
  • On January 12, 2011 the equivalent of one month’s rain fell on Brazil within a 24-hour period, causing flooding and mudslides, killing about 500 people, and creating billions of dollars of damage.

For more information see our earlier post: “Solution at Devils Lake” (North Dakota).

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