Not a Drop to Drink

A new report suggests the U.S. is at risk for water shortages

Reports of global water shortages regularly make the news as most third-world countries lack the extensive drinking water technology and facilities we have in the United States. But a new study says our nation may also be at risk for imminent shortages. 

Increased populations and expanded industries mean the U.S. water supply is diminishing and freshwater supplies are waning. 

A recent report from lists the top 10 major U.S. cities that could soon run out of water.

With one of the nation’s driest climates, El Paso, Texas, tops the list for ongoing struggles with droughts and water shortages over the past few decades. 

Lincoln, Neb., comes in at No. 4 for it’s historic droughts. A University of Florida report also ranked Lincoln as one of the most vulnerable cities in the U.S. based on freshwater availability.   

Other major cities made the list for increasing droughts, record-low water levels in rivers and lakes, and saltwater infiltration. 

The complete list includes: 

  1. El Paso, Texas
  2. San Jose, Calif.
  3. Miami, Fla.
  4. Lincoln, Neb.
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah
  6. San Diego, Calif.
  7. Los Angeles, Calif.
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Las Vegas, Nev.
  10. Atlanta, Ga. 

An article on notes that these 10 cities are not the only ones facing potential water shortages. “The Great Lakes are at their lowest level ever, reservoirs in California are dry bowls of dust, the life-giving Colorado River now disappears before it reaches its end and underground aquifers are growing tinier each day,” says the article. 

The report suggests drastic changes are necessary to solve the nation’s water shortage challenge. 

So what can the drinking water industry do to avoid falling victim to the U.S. water shortage? Is public education enough? 


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