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    Published: October 9, 2014

    How Will Climate Change Affect My Water Sources in the Northwest?

    Climate change is affecting temperatures and weather around the globe and the Northwest US is no exception. Over the last 100 years, the average annual temperature in this region has increased by 1.5 degrees F, and some areas increased by as much as 4 degrees F.

    These fluctuating temperatures are causing changes in the snowpack, stream flows and forest cover. Climate change will most likely continue to make changes in these areas. The EPA states that the average annual temperature in the Northwest will increase by 3 to 10 degrees by the end of the 21st century. Winter precipitation will likely increase and summer precipitation will probably decrease.

    Specific Impacts of Climate Change on Northwest Water Resources

    Reliable water supplies are needed for agriculture, energy, and ecosystems. A great deal of the water in this region is stored in the winter snowpack in the mountains. As the snowpack melts, it runs into our streams and rivers in the warmer months. This is when there is little rainfall. Climate change will probably threaten this effective natural system.

    The decreased water supply could greatly increase demands for water, which could lead to increased prices. This will mean that both your drinking and showering water at home could cost more. So, it is important to consider how we can conserve water to combat climate change and save money.

    Also, remember that 70% of electricity in this region is provided by hydropower. Less summer stream flows will mean higher electrical prices.

    How Can We Help?

    Given how climate change will affect people in the Northwest, the natural question is: What can we do to help on a daily basis? At Pelican Water, we are dedicated to helping our customers enjoy cleaner, purer, affordable water in an environmentally conscious manner. We offer many premium water filtration products that both purify water and protect the environment. Consider:

    With one of these dual systems, the entire home can experience filtered, soft water, while preserving our precious environment in the Northwest.