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Water Concerns: In the News

With the ongoing drought in the southern United States, scientists and researchers are beginning to get creative with water.

According to a 2009 report by the Texas Water Development Board, there is an estimated 2.7 billion acre-feet of brackish ground water in Texas. Brackish means salinated, or salt water but not as salty as seawater, and different areas of brackish water may have a different percentage of salination (low, medium and high). The major question is, can the water be processed and desalinized to make it consumable, or at least useful for other things?

In an effort to conserve fresh water, some companies that require water for their operations use brackish water as a substitute. This has been an ongoing practice for leeching oil from the oil sands in western Canada for a few years now, and hopefully it will be something more companies choose to do as well. With states such as California pushing into their third year of dealing with extreme drought, drinkable water is becoming scarce.

Over 800,000 residents in California have no access to drinkable ground water in their immediate area, meaning they have to find new sources – easier said than done. Ground water is where it is, and many times that’s not somewhere convenient. This is forcing some people to draw on ground water from sources that are already being strained by the rest of the population.

Texas, too, has been suffering from a shift in precipitation trends and therefore, depleted ground water sources. If there were a way to process brackish water into drinkable water, without spending a fortune, it might just be the way to bail these people (and farmers) out. As this issue continues to develop, this may just become the problem of the day to solve. It is easy to imagine inventive minds trying to capitalize on this by being the ones to develop the technology – then again, this could just be wishful thinking.

There are, after all, fairly simple survivalist directions you can follow to make saltwater drinkable, but there is a huge difference between generating enough water for yourself to drink out of a bucket, and converting 2.7 billion acre-feet, for a third of the country. Therein lies the problem, the volume.

Another ongoing misconception about the ongoing drought on America’s west coast is that the city-slickers, better known as celebrities, can suck it up and let their laws dry up and hot tubs go empty. These people probably have dozens of unnecessary features in their home that use up fresh water like a glutton. From fountains to showers with six heads, maybe it’s about time they just eat a little humble pie. Unfortunately, those feeling the H2O pinch the most are farmers. The people that need to make a living off the land are literally floundering on dead ground.

While winter for California is usually the time they see the most precipitation, climatologists are saying don’t count on it – not anytime soon at least. El Nino isn’t even going to be throwing a tropical storm their way this year, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It looks as though California and a few other areas in the South are in for a rough year.

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November 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm Comments (0)

Ground Water Crisis in the United States

Ground water is a very important water source that is typically accessed via wells. Many people get their water from lakes and rivers, including public supplies, but some areas are strictly limited to well water. You may be thinking, who cares? Right? Well there is an interesting thing happening in parts of the United States right now. Scientists are noticing a reduction in ground water levels in Minnesota, for example.

Again, why is this important? The interesting thing about this is that ground water supplies are typically replenished by annual rainfall, but in recent years this hasn’t been the case. Areas like California have been in the news as of late because of the droughts they’ve had to deal with, but these droughts have had a major impact on their ground water supplies. During a drought, exposed water supplies dry up. Therefore, whoever draws water from lakes and rivers may run into problems. But when this happens, these areas switch over to accessing ground water sources until the drought ends. However, in the mentioned areas, this has become a compound issue because despite normal or increased annual rainfall, ground water supplies are not being replenished. How is this possible?

It’s a lot more simple than you may expect, and perhaps more concerning. The time when rain falls is critical, and for these areas of the country (Minnesota, California, Texans and New Mexico) the time when the rain normally falls has shifted.

In a part of the world where we have the luxury of experiencing distinct seasons, its common to experience quite a bit of rain in the spring, and a fair amount in the fall. This timing was critical because of temperature – presumably. It’s still fairly cool in the spring and fall which allows rain to run into cracks and seep into aquifers, replenishing ground water stores. However, now that these areas have experienced a shift that has led to a majority of the rain falling in the summer, the temperature of the ground is causing a vast amount of the water to evaporate or get sucked up by plant life, before it can seep anywhere.

This means that so long as this trend remains, people are going to continue to draw on ground water sources for things like farming, rather than nearby water sources because at the time of year these sources are needed most, they’ve dried up. And when the rain does come, very little goes to replenishing anything. It’s becoming a real issue.

It’s a scary situation that may or may not last, depending on the climate shift. This could be temporary, but it could also simply shift and just start affecting another part of the country instead. Since fresh water is a non-renewable resource, it’s becoming a pressing concern for many people, continent wide. One thing that is certain is that there is simply not enough data available yet to determine how bad it is, how bad it will get, and what we can do about.

One thing you can know is where the ground water is before you drill for it. Drilling a dry well is costly. You pay for the drilling whether or not water is found.  Using state-of-the-art equipment, American Water Surveyors saves you time and money by locating your best groundwater sources.  Contact us at the numbers or email below to learn more.

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November 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm Comments (0)