Aqua Shock, Revised and Updated: Water in Crisis (Bloomberg) by Susan J. Marks

By Susan J. Marks

An aim examine America's speedily shrinking water supplyOnce believed to be an issue constrained to America's southwest, water shortages are actually a topic coast to coast, from New England to California. In Aqua surprise: The Water predicament in the United States, writer Susan J. Marks presents a accomplished research of the present conflicts being waged over dwindling water provides. She offers the findings of collage experiences, imagine tanks, and study teams, in addition to the evaluations of water specialists, together with Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for stories in improvement, surroundings, and safeguard. The bookExplains the place our water comes from and who controls it, in addition to the price of water on funds, commodities, and capitalismDescribes the hazards of working out of waterDetails how we will guard and shield our most valuable, but so much undervalued usual resourceRight now, battles over water offers rage around the nation. Aqua surprise is an target examine how we arrived at this predicament aspect and what we will be able to do-and will be doing-to clear up the water predicament in the USA.

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But the pattern of precipitation will be different because more will fall as rain and less as snow. Even in the East, the real reservoir for summer water usage is the snowpack. If you get more rain and less snow, you’re going to have less water in that reservoir. In states like California, it’s quickly going to move into a crisis situation,” he adds. “In the East, the snowpack isn’t as deep to begin with because the mountains are lower. So it may be more of a crisis than people realize, because they haven’t focused on the snowpack aspect.

S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration identified eight specific water shortages resulting from drought or heat waves over the past 20 years, each costing $1 billion or more. The largest shortage, costing $40 billion, hit the central and eastern United States in summer 1988. 21 That’s a lot of cash, no matter where you live (or how wealthy you are). WA S H E D AWAY Even cities and states that you would assume have no water issues grapple with major water troubles.

Let’s look at more Atlanta numbers. • The city’s geographic area covers the equivalent of 87,000 acres. 36 billion gallons of water on Atlanta. • It would take more than six one-inch deluges to provide enough water to satisfy Atlantans’ annual water needs just at home. indd 23 2/18/11 7:43:36 AM 24 AQ UA S H O C K However, comparing per-capita water-usage numbers city to city, state to state, or coast to coast isn’t always an accurate indicator of water use, experts agree. “It’s sometimes erroneous, or at least much more complicated than the figures might indicate,” says Ken Kramer of Austin, Texas, director of the 23,000-member Texas chapter of the Sierra Club.

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