No Water

Fort Stockton, Texas, can claim many things; once it had artesian springs as big as Balmorhea‘s. Now, though, it’s got water troubles: the city’s aging, single supply line has failed. There’s less than a 24-hour supply left for the town, and should a fire break out, there’s no water to fight it.


One response to “No Water

  1. grahamfirchlis

    The problems from draining aquifers faster than they can recharge is widespread and growing.

    Out where I live we have lots of water but surprise surprise it is not infinite. By squandering water for a century and a half we’ve ruined the Sacramento Delta as a fishery resource and now with rising sea levels the draw of freshwater for domestic and commercial uses is increasingly endangered. The “solution” has been an increase in wells and since from the Sierra to the Pacific coast is one huge complex of aquifers that seems like a dandy idea except for the whole periodic drought thingy and now the clay that overlays our aquifers is sinking and the houses and commercial buildings including hospitals and assorted other critical infrastructure like bridges are starting to shift and tilt in unpredictable ways, like an earthquake in slow motion.

    Still for reasons that escape me we have to ship water through a system with huge evaporative losses into a desert so Big Agra can grow subsidized crops we don’t need and LA residents can have bright green lawns and a swimming pool in every yard. Just because we have to.

    Piss-poor planning is not limited to a small town in Texas.

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