There was a prediction that fresh water will be more expensive than oil in the future, unfortunately I think that “the future” has caught up with us and we are entering a period in which water is becoming a scarce resource.
What a frightening thought.
Water is one of those essential necessities that keep ALL species ALIVE.
California is one of the places in the modern world that is starting to experience what Third World Countries have been going through for ages – fear of not having enough water to meet your basic needs. The California drought is a “historic drought” or that’s what politicians call it, trying to raise awareness. For some reason though, the expression has become more of a headline that you use in a marketing campaign – everyone has heard of it, ….but no one really pays any real attention to it. And that is because probably, for many of you, it simply has not knocked on your door, yet.
What they should be saying instead – over and over again – is that within the last 1 200 years no one has been able to mess up the climate as much as we have, that California has water reserves left for 1 year (according to NASA), that the ever rising temperatures are only going to get worse, that a world without water is a world without life and that we should all take responsibility for that!
The impact the California Drought has on people’s daily lives is much bigger than you might think, or at least is bigger than what I thought.
Starting February 3rd, 2014, weekly California Drought updates have been released by the California Government on www.ca.gov
. When you go through the weekly updates, you can notice a growing concern about the lack of rain and snow in the region and the effects it has, and potentially will have on the state’s development.
As of that first published report last year, the water content from snow was only at 15% of its normal levels, the extremely low water levels in the reservoirs – the highest of which was at 51% of its capacity, the increased risk of fires – for comparison throughout the months of January and February of 2013 there were only 2 fires burning 301 acres; however, throughout the same period in 2014, there were 487 fires burning over 1 131 acres, and the list goes on.
Regardless of how shocking these statistics are, the statement that stood out the most in the report of February 3rd, 2014, is the following:
“Heavy rain and snow would have to fall throughout California every other day from now until May to reach average annual rain and snowfall. Even with such precipitation, California would remain in drought conditions.”
Let’s fast forward a little bit and take a look at where we stand today:
Since the beginning of 2015, snow-pack is down to 5%, there has been a total of 54 local Emergency Proclamations from city, county, and tribal governments, as well as special districts; state drought funding of $687 million has been appropriated last March through emergency legislation, $142 million has been provided in the 2014 Budget Act; 943 wildfires have been reported across the state burning 4, 078 acres of land, and so on and so forth.
There has been a huge amount of initiatives and urges towards the population to be more mindful when it comes to water consumption, even though the total amount of water consumption by households contributes to only 15%. The rest belongs to industries such as agriculture and oil drilling, which are responsible for the biggest percentage of water waste – above 70%. #water #drought #California #californiadrought #agriculture