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30 August, 2009

Our Water Supply, Down the Drain

Water issues are something I've written about fairly extensively here on the blog as it is hands-down THE most important resource on our planet. As such, securing a supply of clean, potable water had better be the very first thing you think of when you think about survival.

And now, this article comes along and spells out for us the truth of which many of us were already aware: "A water crisis is threatening many parts of the country -- not just the arid West." In fact, the rights to water supplies have become such a source of contention lately that "more than 30 states are fighting with their neighbors over water."

The hardest part about the whole thing is that we, as Americans, are accustomed to simply engineering our way out of such predicaments, but those sorts of fixes come with problems of their own: we've already built so many dams and diverted so many rivers that "only 60 in the country remain free-flowing." The other quick-fix has always been to take our water directly from deep underground by drilling wells, but the levels in aquifers all over are now plummeting dangerously. A prime example of this can be seen by looking at the Ogallala Aquifer, which experts agree could be depleted in just a few short decades if water use continues at the current levels unabated. The simple truth is that most of the 'tech fixes' are either too energy intensive or present other problems that call into question their feasibility on a large scale; and that includes the oft-spoken of desalination of ocean saltwater as well as reclamation.

An important point that the article touches on only briefly is that "the real problem isn't shrinking water levels. It's population growth." This supports my contention that the ugly truth is that overpopulation is the true root cause of our most pressing issues as a civilization; namely Peak Oil and the very subject we've been discussing here, which many are lately referring to as Peak Water in order to emphasize the 'resource depletion' aspect.

As always, the best way for you to insure your ability to purify your own drinking water in the event of a disaster or survival scenario is to buy my water filters.

Previous Backwoods Survival Blog Articles on Water Issues:

- Peak Water Nearing Due To Climate Change/Overpopulation, Violence Erupting As People Fight Over Life-Giving Resource

- California's Water Woes Threaten the Entire Country's Food Supply

- The Death of Our Mighty Rivers

- What's in your water?

- "Water, water hardly anywhere."

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