“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.”
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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.
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 triple the annual average for the last decade.
When drought forces farmers to rely exclusively on groundwater, neighbors and communities are impacted too. For homeowners, it is vital to know that your well might run dry before it does!
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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 step: know about how much is being used, the rate of recharge, and use a sustainable amount.
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?
– How is drought impacting your groundwater supplies?
– Groundwater scarcity hurts homeowners
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.
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.
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.