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Water Benefits Health News -- Is Water the Next OIl? What You Need to Know
March 19, 2019
Water Benefits Health News, Issue #60
March 18, 2019
Hello Water Friend,
Since water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity, many economists are saying, “Water is the next oil.”
According to Financial Times, "Water will become more valuable than oil as rising demand from people, industries and agriculture puts pressure on supplies."
Regardless of whether water will ever become more expensive than oil, there is no question that its value is increasing. In addition to a higher demand, the freshwater supply is diminishing.
For example, recent studies have determined that U.S. groundwater supply is much less than thought. To learn more on this topic, see our feature article: “U.S. Groundwater Supply Is Less than Thought.”
Drought in many areas have also decreased water supplies from lakes, dams, and rivers.
I recently received a water rate revenue increase notice from my water services department in Arizona stating:
“With shortages looming on the Colorado River, Phoenix must build the infrastructure needed to pump and move alternative water supplies to portions of our distribution system normally served with Colorado River water. The rate increase will also provide funding for rehabilitation and replacement of water pipes, treatment plants, pumps, reservoirs, and wells that ensure reliable delivery of the city’s drinking water.”
This is not just a problem for the southwest area of the U.S. Many cities throughout the U.S. have 100-year-old water infrastructures that are in dire need of repair.
Of course, developing countries have even greater challenges with water. Over 2 billion people around the world do not have immediate access to clean drinking water.
Thus, it is imperative that we come together to find answers to all the water-related issues around the globe, especially ways to conserve and reuse water.
Nancy Hearn, CNC
Feature ArticleUS Groundwater Supply Is Less than Thought
The US groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought. And this is significant since many rural areas of the U.S. rely primarily on groundwater for both domestic and agricultural use.
A new research study published in November 2018, conducted by scientists from the University of Arizona, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Saskatchewan, provides new insights into the depths of fresh water availability in the most prominent basins in the United States.
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Nancy Hearn is a certified health and nutrition consultant, hydration specialist, fitness advisor, and freelance web writer. She is the author of WaterBenefitsHealth.com and has published numerous health articles and eBooks.
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