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Is your city running out of water?

Severe droughts that could affect large cities are first a human problem. The competition for water could make life in some of America’s largest cities nearly unbearable for residents. A number of industries rely on regular access to water. Some people would be out of work if these industries had poor prospects for continued operation. The other important trouble that very low water supplies creates is that cities have sold bonds based on their needs for infrastructure to move, clean, and supply water. Credit ratings agencies may not have taken drought issues into account at the level that they should. Extreme disruptions of the water supply of any city would have severe financial consequences.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:06 AM on Nov. 4, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • One good thing about living in Michigan is that we'll never run out of water.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 8:59 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Tucson and
    Pheonix get their water from underground aquafers and the colorado river.
    Los Angeles get their water from the colorado river and guess what the river no longerreaches to the gulf of mexico.





    Ibelongtojesus

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 8:21 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • No, I live somewhere that's naturally habitable, not somewhere artificially made habitable.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:16 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • No, I live somewhere that's naturally habitable, not somewhere artificially made habitable.


    Same here. We have 5 lakes and two rivers in our small town. The utility charges very little for water. We pay 16 a month for water and sewage. We also have a well to water our lawn and plants.

    tabekat

    Answer by tabekat at 9:21 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • I live in a city that gets buys it's water from Houston. No worries here about running out of water. Houston was worried about using to much ground water so they changed to using lake water from lakes in the area. We have never had a serious drought. This article is here to scare people into conserving water I guess or maybe they just ran out of things to say after the election.
    Really, every city has a short and long range plan on how they will run the city and that includes how and where they will get water to it's people. There is no danger of any of these cities completely running out of water like the title portrays. These cities may be cities at risk to have problems delivering water to it's people but this assumes A,B and C all happen but articles like this are always portraying a worst case scenario. If you live in New York you are at greater risk of being hit by a taxi or bus but it doesn't mean it is inevitable
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:58 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Water resources and rights have been a HUGE issue for many, many years - most ppl don't realize the magnitude of the problem.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 2:28 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Water resources and rights have been a HUGE issue for many, many years - most ppl don't realize the magnitude of the problem.

    Not that everyone has a choice but a majority of the water problems that people have in the US are because they choose to live in environments where humans (at least at infestation levels) wouldn't naturally survive.

    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:26 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Did you know that in NY 45% of there water is lost due to leakage in pipes? This is a huge problem all over the US. And will become worse with the aging of our infrastructure.

    Ibelongtojesus

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 7:53 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • The ten cities on this list are the ones with the most acute exposure to problems which could cause large imbalances of water supply and demand. There are a number of metropolitan areas which could face similar problems but their risks are not quite as high. The water problem for US cities is, although it may not be evident, one of the largest issues that faces urban areas over the next ten years. '


    http://247wallst.com/2010/10/29/the-ten-great-american-cities-that-are-dying-of-thirst/

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:06 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • No.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:07 AM on Nov. 4, 2010