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


More than 70 million people live in the Southeast United States. It includes many cities with populations that exceed 250,000: Jacksonville, Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, and others. As climate change continues to influence global temperatures, the Southeast is being affected.

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The EPA states that average annual temperatures in this area have increased by 2 degrees F since 1970. Winters are warming up, and the average number of days under freezing here has declined by four to seven days in the last 35 years. Also, most areas in the southeast are seeing more rain, with fall precipitation increasing by 30% in the last 110 years.

Average annual temperatures are going to rise from four to nine degrees by 2080, and hurricane-related rain is going to increase too. Some computer models suggest that we will see heavier drought periods, followed by heavy downpours. This will increase both the risk of floods AND drought, especially in summer. Flooding can impact the water supply as they infiltrate reservoirs and municipal water systems.

The coastal regions – all 29,000 miles of them – in the Southeast also will see a rise in sea levels and stronger hurricanes. The stronger storm surges could cause serious damage in coastal cities and communities, as well.

We could also see a loss of coastal lands as sea levels rise. In Louisiana, for example, more than 200 square miles of coastal land submerged due to flooding from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

What Can We Do?

Although some areas will see great amounts of rain at times, there also will be periods of drought where water conservation is as important as ever. For example, in southeast Texas, even though it is predicted overall by the EPA that there will be an increase of rain over time, there has been a major drought for years. A lack of regular rainfall, followed by the occasional heavy storm—this area was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina—has led to severe water restrictions in many localities.

At Pelican Water, we offer eco-friendly water filtration and softening systems to improve your home’s water quality while conserving the local water supply.

  • Pelican Premium Shower Filter with Head: Our premium shower filter removes 96% of chlorine, which dries hair and skin. It also reduces chloramines and other chemicals that can lead to health problems over time. Plus, it features a dual-flow shower head that allows for high flow while conserving water. Even the ‘high flow’ setting never exceeds 2.5 GPM.
  • The Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener: Our salt-free water softening system provides softer water in the whole home without wasting water or electricity. It also does not discharge salt brine into our precious freshwater resources. This whole house filtration system is much ‘greener’ than comparable salt-based systems, which waste thousands of gallons of water annually.
  • The Pelican Premium Whole House Water Filter System: Takes out the harmful chlorine and chemicals from tap water from the entire water supply at home. It also does not waste water or electricity, so you can minimize your environmental footprint. Consider adding a Pelican UV system to protect against boil water alerts, which are increasingly common due to flooding.

For those in the Southeast, a water filtration system is the perfect way to obtain purer, cleaner water while taking steps to protect your region’s water resources.

Pelican Combo System Salt-Free Water Softener Whole-House Water Filter