New Water Sources

The Human Side of the Market Place
Jerry Voorhis

Originally published by the Cooperative League of the USA, 1828 L. St., NW Washington, D.C. 20006 202-872-0550

Nafta is a place in the Sahara Desert where it rains only once every three or four years, but where, from a spring in underground rock, water has been pouring forth for generations in sufficient quantity to support a forest of date palms and a population of several thousand people.

Jericho is a place, near the Dead Sea, well known to Bible students. It is located in one of the driest parts of the Earth where, by all the accepted rules, there should be no water. But from time immemorial a spring has been gushing water enough to make an island of greenery where untold generations of people have lived and prospered.

How can these facts be true?

Roger Willcox, the intrepid developer of cooperative housing, recently sent me a book that answers that question. The book is by Micheal Salzman, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, a man I know slightly and admire greatly.

In that book is found this quotation:
"In the Encyclopedia Britannica Book of the Year for 1956 is the following statement: Stephen Riess of California formulated a theory that 'new water' which never existed before is constantly being formed within the Earth by the combination of elemental hydrogen and oxygen and that this water finds its way to the surface and can be located and tapped to constitute an unfailing water supply."

That is perhaps the key to what Salzman's book has to say - and to document with instance after instance where drilling into solid rock has produced abundant flow of fresh water in some of the most arid places on Earth.

The theory advanced by the book and taken largely from the work of Stephen Reiss, above noted, is that water within the Earth is the primary source and that waters on and above the Earth have had their origin from the waters within the Earth. In any case, by drilling in the right places and at the right depth and into firm rock rather than porous formations, this "new" or "primary" water can -- and could -- be tapped to ease the water shortages that now threaten to become so severe.

Obviously, I am no hydraulic engineer and far, far from a scientist of any kind. But Salzman's book, published in l960, has a convincing Foreword by Aldous Huxley, who is a scholar and scientist of no mean reputation. And the material in the book is so convincing that one marvels that it has received so little apparent attention.

The name of the book is New Water for a Thirsty World. The author can be addressed as follows:

Micheal H. Salzman
6476 El Paseo Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

Maybe we need a water-finding cooperative or two. Or better, to have some of our strong, existing corporations get in touch with Salzman and start drilling. Water could be far more important than oil down the years a piece.

*This address is out of date. If interested in more information, or in getting a copy of New Water for a Thirsty World, go to the Home page or contact:
Roger Willcox
38 Dock Road
Norwalk, CT 06854-4717

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