Drought apocalypse begins in California as wells run dry
(NaturalNews) Water wells in central California have begun to run dry, reports the LA Times. (1) "Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville [that] many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water."
Tulare County has confirmed their wells have run out of water, and so far hundreds of homes have no running water.
According to the LA Times, rumors are also spreading that Child Protective Services officials will begin taking children away from families who have no running water, although the county claims the rumor is false.
It begins: the collapse of California's water aquifers
With this news, it is now official that the collapse of California's water aquifers has begun. With each passing month and year, more and more wells will run dry across the state as California plummets into the desert conditions from which it once sprang.
Extreme drought now covers 82% of California, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. (2) Fifty-eight percent of the state is in "exceptional drought."
During the unfolding of this drought, California farmers and cities have siphoned unprecedented volumes of water out of the state's underground aquifers. This is called "fossil water" and it can take centuries to regenerate. Once this fossil water is used up, it's gone.
35-year "megadrought" may be on the way
"The southwestern United States has fifty percent change of suffering a 'megadrought' that lasts 35 years," reports the Daily Mail. (3)
"They say global warming has meant the chance of a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a 'megadrought' – one that lasts up to 35 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century."
One scientist is quoted in the story as saying, "This will be worse than anything seen during the last 2,000 years and would pose unprecedented challenges to water resources in the region."
Unless politicians become magical wizards and figure out a way to create water out of nothing, what all this really means is that cities of the American southwest will not be able to support present-day populations. A mass migration (evacuation) out of the cities will be necessary sooner or later.
California's water deficit will lead to ecological and economic collapse
In an almost perfect reflection of California's state budget deficits, the state is also running an unsustainable water deficit. It is a mathematical certainty that when you remove far more water from the aquifers than is being replenished, the amount of water remaining in those aquifers will eventually reach zero.
This "zero day" water reality is still psychologically denied by most Californians. If the reality of this situation were widely recognized, California would be experiencing a glut of real estate inventory as millions of homeowners tried to sell their properties and evacuate the state. The fact that the real estate market has not yet collapsed in California tells us that Californians are still living in a state of denial about the future of their water supply.
Even as California's water supply collapses by the day, local farmers and towns have few options other than drilling for more water. "Drill! Drill! Drill!" is the mantra of the day, creating an 18-month backlog for well drilling companies. Each new well that's drilled must seek to go deeper than the previous wells which are running dry. It's a literal race to the bottom which can only end in catastrophe.
Then again, a willful acceleration toward catastrophe is merely a sign of the times when it comes to human civilization. There is almost no area in which humans have ever achieved balance: not in fossil fuels, metals mining, fossil water exploitation, debt creation, industrial chemical contamination, ecological exploitation or even global population. It's almost as if the human race is determined to destroy itself while racing to see who can achieve self destruction first.
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If I am not mistaken, Oldtimer is from California. Is he affected by the drought?
I hope Oldtimer can tell us the situation he is in. :confused: :eek:
Yes, the drought condition is getting to be very serious, but it is still manageable here, where I am. Of course everyone is encouraged and has to reduce water usage. As a result, there are water "police" out there warning and ticketing people that are wasting these precious resources by watering their lawns excessively. FYI, we are only allowed to water our lawns with a timer for 10 minutes twice a day, three days a week early in the morning and at night. All homes are also installed with water meters, so you will pay for the amount of usage. It used to be a set fee a month no matter how much water one uses, which is really crazy, considering there are people out there, who have no common sense in water usage. In addition, we are not allowed to use a garden hose to wash our cars any more. Personally, I have always taken mine to the commercial car wash for the last 20+ years. Those car washing establishments recycle their water run offs, so it is a win win situation, convenience for car owners, saves water resources and creates employment.
Major problems are found in many rural areas where residents rely solely on their own wells for water. The population is scarce and residents tend to be poor, so they will dig shallow wells for their water supply. When the water table drops and the well runs dry, they don't have the financial means to dig deeper wells plus they tend to have larger families and their water needs cannot be met. Many are farmers and they may not have the latest tools and technologies to convert over to the more water efficient methods of farming. Lately, several non profit organizations have raised money to help them dig deeper, communal wells and teach them better irrigation methods for farming. In short, everyone of us has to get together and put in the combined effort to conserve water. It will take the cooperated effort of the entire community, township, city and state to get through this drought.
Will California become a desert?
Some experts are saying the drought will last a long time and will turn California into a desert. Is it true? :confused:
With global warming and all the crazy weather changes, anything can happen here.
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