Eighty-eight million Americans rely on groundwater supplied by community water systems, while another 42 million depend on individual household wells. via Groundwater even more important in times of drought.
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nddXeGhZmbk] Measurements of ground water—rather than water on the surface—reveal the long-term effects of drought. These maps show ground water conditions in the U.S. compared to the long-term average from August 2002 to August 2012. (Map by Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center, based on data from the GRACE science team.) via Measuring Ground… Read more »
“More than 900,000 people in Kentucky draw all or part of their domestic-use water from groundwater supplies and use more than 200 million gallons a day,” said Kentucky Director of Water Sandy Gruzesky. “It is important that we learn how to protect our groundwater.” via Governor Urges Citizens to Protect Groundwater | SurfKY.com.
Why our groundwater aquifers are heading towards bankruptcy | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional. Key point: In the absence of leadership from governments, local communities must take matters into their own hands
Drought-stricken counties are forming a new water district to protect groundwater with price and regulations. Groundwater district in works to protect water source | water, district, source – Odessa American Online. “City of Kermit Director of Public Works John Sheppard said since the drought of 2011, the city never had to use water restrictions. The… Read more »
That Sinking Feeling About Groundwater in Texas – News Watch. The High Plains Water District, based in Lubbock, recently reported that the 2011-12 drought drove groundwater levels in its sixteen-county service area to drop an average of 2.56 feet (0.78 meters) – the largest annual decline recorded in the last 25 years and more than… Read more »
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Demand for water outstrips supply : Nature News & Comment. In a groundbreaking (pun intended) report, the Journal Nature explains how ground water resources are being stretched in many parts of the world, including in the U.S. The authors found that 20% of the world’s aquifers are being overexploited, some massively so. The most important next… Read more »
Here, you can begin an informed discussion with your neighbors and friends about the ground water resource that you share and depend on.
Water is essential for all socio-economic development and for maintaining healthy ecosystems. As population increases and development calls for increased allocations of groundwater and surface water for the domestic, agriculture and industrial sectors, the pressure on water resources intensifies, leading to tensions, conflicts among users, and excessive pressure on the environment. The increasing stress on… Read more »