Warnings issued for coming shortages of water
Acute problems looming for major U.S. cities
Dec. 22, 2013
People considering a move to a new city or region frequently check the job prospects, quality of the schools, crime rates, property values and possibly the shopping or entertainment venues.
Soon, maybe, they’ll have to ask whether there’s enough water.
That’s according to a new report from Weather.com listing 10 major U.S. cities facing acute water shortages in the future. Drastic measures will be needed to keep supplies available to millions of Americans, the report said, costing trillions of dollars.
After all, the human body, which is 65 percent water, can only survive three days without more water, scientists say.
The threat encompasses more than just the 10 cities cited in the report – El Paso, Texas; Palo Alto, Calif.; Miami; Lincoln, Neb.; Salt Lake City, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Las Vegas and Atlanta.
That’s because the freshwater Great Lakes are at their lowest level ever, reservoirs in California are dry bowls of dust, the life-giving Colorado River now disappears before it reaches its end and underground aquifers are growing tinier each day.
The Weather.com report pointed out that the problem is worldwide, but the resolutions are being developed on a city-by-city basis.