predicting future droughts

    Published: June 10, 2016

    Predicting Future Droughts

    The California drought may seem like an isolated event, but the truth is more sobering and concerning. With ever-increasing climate change, population growth, and resource consumption, shortage of water will soon be a national, even global, issue, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. By examining current weather patterns and state water supplies we can even begin to predict future droughts and who will be most affected.

    We already know the situation is dire in California – residents will receive 15% less water per month from the Metropolitan Water District of California beginning in July. Any excess water will be charged to the tune of four times the normal rate to the utility companies, which will in turn pass the considerable cost on to consumers.

    The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, issued a mandate that the state reduce its water usage by 25% – the first mandate of its kind ever in California’s history. As water reserves run dry and local and state governments enact few policies to curb water usage, many states beyond the West will feel the strain in the next few years.

    According to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, at least 40 of our 50 states will experience a water shortage in one or more regions within the next 10 years. Montana in particular could have a statewide water crisis on its hands in the next year or two.

    Tim Davis, the Montana Water Resources Division administrator, admitted to the Pew Charitable Trusts that the state is making contingency plans for a drought in the near future. The demand for water is skyrocketing in Montana without any means to meet that demand. The difference between what is needed and what is available could spell serious trouble for Montana.

    Another looming issue for coastal states is the gradual but steady rise of the sea level. In many areas, the overflow of salt water is breaching and compromising fresh water aquifers, which are then unfit for consumption until put through an expensive desalination process.

    Due to their topography the possibility of salt water interfering with the water supply is a great concern for eastern and southern Maryland, according to the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The boom in population in central and southern Maryland is already putting a serious strain on the local water supplies, and this potential contamination from seawater would only make matters worse.

    Access to clean drinking water isn’t something that many global citizens take for granted, and soon many U.S. citizens will be in the same boat. Take the proper precautions to ensure your family has enough water to drink, and that your water is properly treated. An eco-friendly whole house water system can provide cleaner, fresher water, as opposed to salt-based systems that waste water. In times like these we must all make lifestyle changes to reduce our water usage and waste.