Rapidly depleting water supply threatens residents in southwest U.S

Rapidly depleting water supply threatens residents in southwest U.S

You know by now that I think that guzzling eight or more glasses of water a day is pointless–and even harmful. But don’t misunderstand me. Water itself is a critical part of life. For the people living in the southwestern part of the United States, a more pressing issue than oil is the rapid depletion of the Colorado River, the main water source for Nevada, Arizona, and California.

These “thirsty three” are competing for the prize of poster child for suicidal water management. The continual property development only exacerbates an already dangerous situation. The worst example I can think of is the world’s tackiest
playground–Las Vegas. Las Vegas is so consumed with lust for development that it’s heading for dehydration hell, and everybody there knows it. Yet the residents already consume 308 gallons of water per day per person. (Why is it that people with the least access to water seem to consume the most?)

The price of water must be allowed to rise as markets play out and force people to come to their senses and drink the stuff only when they’re really thirsty (forget about glugging down the “recommended” 64 oz. a day), take shorter showers (which would actually be beneficial since it would mean less exposure to all that chlorine).

The Southwest doesn’t have a monopoly on the coming water famine. Check out http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/dec03/190646.asp to see the state of water sources across the country. In the meantime, how do you bootleg water? Sounds like a profit center to me…