Could Alaskan water help SoCal's drought?

By Hal Eisner

Could Southern Californians be drinking pristine Alaskan glacier water from their tap? Alaskan Bulk Water, Inc. (ABW) hopes so.

"We can not solve the water problem in California, but we can be part of the solution," the company's CEO Terri Trapp said.

Trapp says Alaska Bulk Water has the rights to export 9 billion gallons of water per year from Blue Lake in Sitka, Alaska.

There's lots we could tell you about Blue Lake: It's 3 miles long, 1 mile across and 500 feet deep.
It provides hydroelectricity to Sitka. The water is from glaciers that feed into Glacier Lake, which feeds into blue lake... and, of course, there's all the rain that falls in the area. Some say it's about 3 times more than Seattle.

Jessica Stockel, who has worked with a number of lake projects, says the lake water is amazing and ready to be exported. She also says the water is so pure it is delivered "unfiltered" to Sitka's 9,000 residents.

Shipping water to SoCal from Alaska might be different.

Congresswoman Janice Hahn thinks they idea may be a bit "out of the box," but important nonetheless.

"We are reusing, recycling and conserving our water. At some point I think we should look for new sources of water this incredible drought that California is enduring," she said.

Some 24 years ago, Hahn's father, Kenny Hahn, was an L.A. County Supervisor and wanted to pipe water from Alaska to Southern California.

It never happened, but Hahn and Trapp hope their current efforts will have a different outcome.

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