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Water to Food – Half Believe there is No Problem

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Touch the Soil News #683

It is true, approximately 70 percent of the world’s fresh water use goes to producing food. Much of that water comes from wells (underground pumping). If you’ve been following trends, wells across America have to be drilled deeper and deeper and underground resources are being pumped faster than replenishment – popularly called overdrafting.

The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) calls it “groundwater depletion”. The USGS reveals that 50 percent of the American population gets its drinking water (and water for food gardens) from groundwater wells. Agriculture uses about 50 billion gallons from groundwater wells each day. The USGS reports that virtually every underground aquifer in the United States is in “overdraft” mode.

Recently, a poll was taken of consumers on their take over water. Nearly half (49 percent) believe they’ll never be affected by a water shortage. In contrast, 80 percent of water utility managers (the experts) expect water shortages within the next 10 years.

At issue is not only the availability of water, but the finances to keep existing water systems operating and functional. The American Society of Civil Engineers reports that the cost of arresting the almost 240,000 water main breaks in America each year would be more than $1 trillion. More than 70 percent of water utilities surveyed in 2016, say they are not generating enough funding to cover water delivery costs plus funding fixing what is broken.

Following is a short video clip on groundwater overdrafting. What do you think might be the answer to the problem?

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