Are We In A Water Crisis?
The demand for water exceeds the natural supply in about one in ten watersheds in the United States.
The current state of most watersheds is "stressed," and that's not good. The trend is likely to become the new norm, according to a recent study.
"This is likely to create growing challenges for agriculture, electrical suppliers, and municipalities, as there may be more demand for water and less to go around," said Kristen Averyt of Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Of the 2,103 watersheds in the United States, 193 are already stressed, resulting in high demand for water-- higher than nature can offer.
With most of the stress subsiding in the west side of the country, which is also where fewer resources reside in comparison to the east.
With the Colorado River system as a main provider to as many as 40 million people, recent estimates predict it could dry up as soon as 2050.
Without water, the world won't see life, and 2050 is less than half a century away.
What can we do to preserve our water supply?