posted on Feb, 28 2006 @ 09:45 AM
I live in Jacksonville FL. The northeast corner of the state. This part of Florida has a continental climate. 80 miles south becomes the Caribbean
climate. Florida has 60 to 80 inches of rainfall per year. Yet, 80% of the water consumed is from groundwater.
In 1960, the average depth of a well serving Jacksonville was 300 feet. In 2000, the same wells are 750 feet in depth. It is now necessary to pump
water into wells drilled along the ocean-front to block salt water flowing into the acquirer. Somewhere I recently saw statistics saying the average
daily water usage per person in sub-Saharan Africa was 5 gallons, in Europe, 50 gallons and in America, 90 gallons.
I doubt there was a water shortage in the UK or in the US in 1906. I also would guess the amount of water available in the UK and US is the same in
2006 as it was in 1906. The problem is our populations have increased 3X in the last century. But water stays constant. Do I hear Malthus here?
What to do? Long term? Issue free condoms at every drinking fountain. Or, short term, check into Saudi Arabia where the largest de-salinization scheme
has been in operation for several decades