Updated posting re: America – Great Water Wars
Source California cuts off water to agencies serving millions
John Entsminger said “the arid situation actually may not be unusual for the West. We know from the paleo-tree ring record that the 20th century was one of the wettest centuries of the last 1,200 years.”
Friday, January 31, 2014. Amid severe drought conditions, California officials said they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland.
Farmers in California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, also draw water from a separate system of federally run reservoirs and canals, but that system also will deliver just a fraction of its normal water allotment this year.
The announcement affects water deliveries planned to begin this spring.
State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said “there simply is not enough water in the system to meet the needs of farmers, cities and the conservation efforts that are intended to save dwindling populations of salmon and other fish throughout California.”
California would have to experience heavy rain and snowfall every other day from now until May to get the state back to its average annual precipitation totals, according to the Department of Water Resources. Pobept said “this is not a likely ‘realistic’ event.
State officials said 17 rural communities are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Farmers and ranchers throughout the state already have felt the drought’s impact, tearing out orchards, fallowing fields and trucking in alfalfa to feed cattle on withered range land.
The drought is highlighting the traditional tensions between groups that claim the state’s limited water for their own priorities — farmers, city residents and conservationists.
Now a word from Pobept. Do the math. California’s 40 million residents will flush more than 400 million gallons of water down toilets and kitchen sinks into the sewer systems Everyday Yes 400 million gallons everyday! That’s over 145 billion gallons of water down the sewer every-year. California and other western states can not last very many years with that kind of water usage and decreasing rain fall and winter snow packs.
Where will current and new companies find water needed to to support their business and manufacturing. Where will California and other western states labor force move to when the tap runs dry?
What will American farmers, ranchers and consumers do when the southwestern U.S. ranch and farming industry can no longer grow berry, fruit, nut and vegetable crops because they ran out of water for livestock operations or to continue food production?
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