23 Jan '12, 2pm

Reconciling cities with water scarcity

Reconciling cities with water scarcity

When you look at the official US drought monitor map, you immediately see that many American cities may be in the wrong places for long-term water sustainability. In particullar, note the presence of “long-term,” severe-to-extreme drought conditions across most of Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. It’s a very sobering set of facts, especially when you consider that essentially every high-growth part of the US is experiencing significant dryness. Now let’s look at a second map, this time world-wide: This is not just a US Sun Belt problem but a major international problem. Here are a few facts and projections extracted from a very good summary of the issues by Jay Kimball on his blog 8020 Vision : By 2020, California will face a shortfall of fresh water as great as the amount that all of its cities and towns together are consuming today. By 2025, 1.8 billion...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/reconciling_c...

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