Posted November 05, 2014 by Gabriel Posternak

California Drought: Which Major City Would Be The First to Run Out of Water?

We’ve all seen movies in the science fiction genre where any and all natural catastrophes occur. There have been flames, there have been floods, earthquakes, and you name it. However, in reality, having an emergency drought situation is not something out of a movie. It is real life.

The water shortage contributing to the California drought is one good example. However, it is not just limited to California. There is a water shortage around the world. That is why it is more important than ever to really hone in on our water saving techniques and technologies.

How frightening to think of the city, town, or your very own neighborhood running out of water. The leaders in this field have gone on to explore which city would be the hardest hit or which city would be the first to run out of water. Shockingly, it may very well be a city right here in the United States.

The Environmental Hydrology Lab at the University of Florida conducted a study ranking over 200 cities in the United States with populations larger than 100,000 based on the abundance of fresh water as compared to how they fare in terms of being one of the cities amongst the first to experience water drought.

What they found, as far as the top 10 cities being the first amongst those who will suffer from running out of water are the following:

  • San Antonio
  • Miami
  • Los Angeles
  • Lincoln, NE
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Salt lake City, UT
  • Riverside, CA
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • El Paso, TX

Other areas with higher populations still face the threat of water shortage are New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Tampa, St. Petersburg.

For some reason, it seems that the cities that are higher ranking seem to be next to lakes or larger bodies of water such as rivers.

Jeff Goldblum refers to the California drought on the latest Environmental Media Awards

So, what is the answer? There are several ways to conserve water, especially at home. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater in order to enforce taking shorter showers. Taking shorter showers will save considerable amounts of water. Utilize faucet and shower heads that are water energy conservation saving units. If you use your washing machine, make sure you have a full load.

Rather than using the garden hose, purchase several water barrels and attach them to your gutters and leaders in order that water may flow into the water barrels and you can use those for watering plants.

So, as you can see, just by making some of these small inexpensive and easy changes in our everyday lives, we can impact the planet as a whole. Perhaps, if we take responsibility as individuals, we can impact the earth as a whole.

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