Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

The Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.

According to the US Geological Survey, since 1940 "a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie" has been permanently lost from the Ogallala Aquifer.

Decades ago, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of approximately 240 feet, but today the average depth is just 80 feet.  In some areas of Texas, the water is gone completely.

According to the US National Academy of Sciences, the US interior west is now the driest that it has been in 500 years.

The drought of 2011 virtually brought Texas agriculture to a standstill and Oklahoma only got about 30% of the rainfall that it normally gets last summer. Unfortunately, scientists tell us that it would be normal for dust bowl conditions to persist in parts of North America for decades. 

Lake Mead supplies about 85% of the water to Las Vegas, and since 1998 the level of water in Lake Mead has dropped by about 5.6 trillion gallons.

It has been estimated that the state of California only has a 20 year supply of fresh water left. It has been estimated that the state of New Mexico only has a 10 year supply of fresh water left.

Approximately 40% of all rivers in the US and approximately 46 % of all lakes in the US have become so polluted that they are no longer fit for human use.

Eight states in the Great Lakes region have signed a pact banning the export of water from the Great Lakes to outsiders - even to other US states.

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Comment by Levi B. on April 13, 2012 at 10:55am

So gross what we have done to this beautiful planet..but like the rose that grew from the crack in the ground hopefully we as humans can do the same;-),ty for the post..

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 13, 2012 at 11:22am

Comment by honeygirl on April 13, 2012 at 12:54pm

WATER WILL BE A WEAPON SOME DAY SOON

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 13, 2012 at 1:07pm

Water will be currency 

Comment by Cryptocurrency on April 13, 2012 at 1:33pm

Book of Eli, gooood movie. I would give it 4 stars personally.

Water will always be around long as you know how to procure it :)

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 13, 2012 at 1:50pm

There is water a plenty, the question is will it be fit to drink / irrigate your crops?

Comment by cowgirl on April 13, 2012 at 8:32pm

they are destroying the great lakes water with hydrofracking anyway.  I truly believe the plan is to make it so we all have to buy our water from corporations.

Comment by Spydaman13 on April 14, 2012 at 6:15pm

May 17, 2011 presentation:  The Dirty Truth about Natural Gas Extraction - Hydrofracking in Michigan, Sierra Club Huron Valley Group, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI.  "New natural gas sources have been praised as a "cleaner than coal" resource to meet national energy needs; however, extraction of natural gas has serious risks that could cause harm to Michigan's fresh water supply and clean air.

http://michigan.sierraclub.org/issues/greatlakes/articles/FrackingE...

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