Your Groundwater (A blog)

Ground water insights for families and homeownersIf you read the news about water, you know it’s usually not good. Drought and over consumption has stressed both surface and groundwater supplies. But the news doesn’t offer solutions.

At Wellntel, we are working to help you and your family learn more about your ground water, so that you can make better decisions about water use, and so that you can begin an informed discussion with your neighbors and friends about the resource that you share and depend on. We hope you’ll read the Groundwater Blog and share ideas with others who care about what’s happening down there.

Here are a few highlights:

– The Journal Nature explains ground water exploitation and what can be done.

– What is Ground Water Scarcity?

– Where does your water come from? Do you know?

– How is drought impacting your groundwater supplies?

– Groundwater scarcity hurts homeowners

What will communities do?

What is water scarcity?

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 freshwater resources brought about by ever rising demand and profligate use, as well as by growing pollution worldwide, is of serious concern.

What is water scarcity? Imbalances between availability and demand, the degradation of groundwater and surface water quality, intersectoral competition, interregional and international conflicts, all contributes to water scarcity.

Read more at FAO Water Unit | Water News: water scarcity.

Here’s Where Farms Are Sucking The Planet Dry: NPR

Here’s Where Farms Are Sucking The Planet Dry : The Salt : NPR.

This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It’s a new attempt to visualize an old problem — the shrinking of underground water reserves, in most cases because farmers are pumping out water to irrigate their crops.

Where is there ground water stress due to over irrigation?

How does this impact your family? Do you share a groundwater resource in an area that is water stressed?

This chart is originally from the Journal Nature.