Colour_out_of_Space: Meanwhile, (also) in Texas...[s.newsweek.com image 240x167]
Rik01: It's ironic, but everything I have been yelling and ranting about caused by over population, for years, is starting to show up.And I still get told I'm nuts or got too many onions on my belt.I first took note in Florida, where, as a kid, we mostly ran off individual water wells in my rural area and the water table was so high that digging three feet down often brought seepage. Only one house that I knew of in the city had a real basement -- due to the water table -- and it was on the barrier island in a high spot.When the population tripled, people found they had to drive their wells deeper and the water was not as good. So, naturally, water softeners were coming into their own and nearly everybody had one.Each one dumped 80 lbs of salt brine onto the ground a week from the back flushing process. Consider the average rural block had 20 houses on it. That's 6400 lbs of salt a month. Salt does not go away. Rains wash it into the ground, where it begins to infiltrate the water table.Consider also that those 20 houses have 20 below ground septic systems, each pumping X-number of gallons of effluent into the soil daily. The effluent needs some place to go and the more that gets dumped in a concentrated area, the more space it needs and the more condensed it becomes.Eventually it starts to get into the water supply and drain off into ditches, which drain into the local lagoon and, suddenly, during the summer, the waters there carry a dangerous load of human fecal bacteria, forcing the city to close it down.By the 80's commercial fishing in the lagoon had to be stopped by the government because they were stripping the place clean of everything. In the 60's, you could go fishing there for a day and bring home enough fresh seafood, crabs, clams and oysters to feed a family of five for a week.By the middle 80's -- you were lucky to catch enough for one meal. Plus, the city warned you when it was wise to leave shellfish alone due to fecal pollution levels.By ...
CruJones: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: KarmicDisaster: I like the way that they are "pumping the last drops". Then they can try shootin the ground.Everyone in Texas is against conservation of water, because it would cost jobs.Hey, here in San Antonio we do really well actually. I think the same amount of water as when the city was half the size, ever since they found the blind salamander we have to be gentle with our aquifer. Really./we are building a new desalination plant too
dangelder: Cite the comment ? Oh wait, it never happened, did it?
MemeSlave: Move where the water is.
Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel: Looks like somebody's been neglecting the moisture farm again.[philosophyforchange.files.wordpress.com image 300x400]
Mentat: It seems like only days ago some Farker was mocking the idea of running out of water...
Brontes: The EPA should come down on bottled water companies like a ton of bricks for wasting resources, both water and vast amounts of fuel.Yes, the story is about farming, but damn we waste a lot of water in other ways.
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