Thursday, November 22, 2007

Water park planned for Arizona desert

The businessmen behind Waveyard say they plan to recreate the seascape of Indonesia or Hawaii in an area that has just eight inches of rainfall a year. They have earmarked a site about 15 miles outside Phoenix on 125 acres of land that normally supports nothing but saguaro cacti and creosote bushes and that is 200 miles from the nearest beach.

To relocate nature's environment into the city will require an initial 189m litres of water to fill the facilities, and then up to 380m litres a year to replenish them allowing for spillage and evaporation.

Residents in the nearest town of Mesa voted earlier this month by two to one to support the project, won over by promises of 7,500 new jobs. Opposition to the proposals in the area has been muted.

Rita Maguire, a water expert who has advised Waveyard on water supplies for the development, told Associated Press that she had come round to the idea. "Initially, the reaction is: 'Oh my. Is this an appropriate use of water in a desert'? But recreation is a very important part of a community."

She added that the project would not use more water than a golf course, which sounds reassuring, until you learn that the Arizonan desert is already pockmarked with 402 golf courses.
the guardian


Danny said...

The last paragraph doesn't make sense. The author cites an expert saying the park uses the same amount of water as one of Arizona's 402 golf courses. Why then have they chosen this water park to sound the alarm on development and water shortage? After all, the water park creates more jobs and serves a larger and more economically diverse than a golf course does. Just a thought.

Jesse said...

the jobs include workers and their thirsty families. growth, that is. people will not take a problem like a water shortage seriously unless they
a) understand where the water comes from.
b) have lived without water before.