U.S. Might Run out of Drinking Water: Aquifers not Fast Enough to Replenish

Apocalypse movies often have us fighting for the last pieces of fuel. The recent “Mad Max” film portrayed a post-apocalyptic society where gasoline is their last source of fuel. They’ve obviously never heard of renewable energy. However, a new study suggest that it won’t be fuel we’ll be fighting over, but something much more basic: water.

According to the research that was led by scientists from the University of California, Irvine shows that we are draining the world’s largest basins of underground water, also known as aquifers, faster than they can replenish themselves. Just imagine running out of water.

Even worse is that we don’t know how much water we have left. These reservoirs supply about half the population of the U.S. with drinking water as well as supply water to the agriculture that makes sure we have food on our tables. Just think about that: we’re running blindly into a brick wall, and we have no idea how far that wall is or if we can even stop in time!

According to UCI professor and principal investigator Jay Famiglietti “Available physical and chemical measurements are simply insufficient.” “Given how quickly we are consuming the world’s groundwater reserves, we need a coordinated global effort to determine how much is left.”

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