Severe water shortages are something that most Americans outside the state of California cannot fathom, but the truth of the matter is that our fresh water resources are being depleted at an alarming rate. Soon this will be a major problem for the United States of America, and not just the people of California.
Last year, amid consecutive years of droughts, California got the biggest wake-up call this country has seen in its history. Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order last summer calling for all California cities to cut their water usage by 25 percent. Even during past droughts in California no mandate had ever been passed down from the Governor’s office limiting water use. This was the first time in history.
The idea of an executive order being passed telling us to limit our water consumption is a foreign and novel idea to most Americans. Water is something that most people in this country have never had to worry about, but that is changing and it is coming a lot faster than you may be anticipating.
According to the United States Government Accountability Office, forty out of fifty states have at least one region in their land that is expected to face a water shortage in the next ten years! Forty out of fifty states will face a water shortage. The problem of water is going to be affecting a lot more people over the course of the next decade. While there have not been any executive orders passed at this point to limit or reduce water consumption anywhere outside the state of California, the issue of water consumption and use is going to be big in almost every single state in the union.
Montana is already anticipating a water crisis in the years to come. Water demand in the state has been steadily increasing, and most years there is enough precipitation to refill reservoirs, lakes, and rivers, with fresh water. However, there is a big enough discrepancy between the demand and the supply that if a drought or other disaster were to occur, the state of Montana would have serious problems. That is why Montana Water Resources Division manager, Tim Davis, and his team have been making contingency plans in case drought or disaster occurs because they know any part of their state could face water shortage if the conditions are not exactly right to meet demand.
In Maryland, the problem of fresh water is contamination from sea water and rising populations. Central and southern Maryland are seeing population spikes which is already putting a strain on water supply. With the sea water tainting fresh water aquifers on the coast as well the problem of water in Maryland becomes real. It is expensive to desalinate water from tainted aquifers. Maryland officials are not anticipating any major water shortages, but they have been cautioning residents that there may be difficulties finding water for all of the people moving into the state. The lack of fresh water is a serious problem.
Colorado is examining the effects of fracking on their water supply. The state only gets 12 to 16 inches of precipitation a year, and using water to aid in the process of fracking may be contaminating the small amount of drinkable fresh water the drought-prone state has.
Water shortages are going to be more and more commonplace in the coming years. It is up to you to prepare yourself for the inevitable. Unfortunately, in most states it is illegal for property owners to collect rainwater. Be wise about how you use your resources and know that there are water problems coming. Contact us for more information on water shortages and how you can prepare for them.