7 lakes and rivers that are drying up: Bone dry
People together we should stand up for environment for its continual provision of services and goods.
What does it mean to use 400 gallons per day? Our comes from Lake Erie, after we use that 400 gallons it goes to a processing plant and, apart from evaporation losses in a settling pond, all goes back to the lake. Statement like this are misleading nonsense. We simply "borrow" the water and put it back, not the same thing as drawing down a deep aquifer.
No mention of the Great Salt Lake? There's not much left to it. Was there 20 years ago, and then again last year. Had to walk a mile farther out from the former shoreline to get to the water.
How about a limit? Like 20 gallons a day for each person? Water-saving toilets? Shower timers? Or do we go back to 18th century outhouses? I'm just saying...
With the US already short of water in parts of the South every year, one wonders why we've got a policy that allows so many legal immigrants each year it will triple the population by 2100 instead of slightly increasing it due to small typical American family size. I guess it's so we can reduce the pay scale for jobs that once paid well so that the wealthy employers can keep using the excuse, "They'll do jobs Americans won't do."
It never fails how people throw immigration as the thing to blame, into every single conversation whether relevant or not.
Proud to say that I am a legal immigrant. What I do for a living however, isn't about what American's won't do, and I make over $150K a year doing it. Jealous?
BTW, I have installed many of those water-saving practices that have been talked about in other comments.
legal immigrants are NOT the problem, ILLEGAL immigrants are and they are NOT just doing jobs that Americans won't do. In Florida, they are building houses, roads, and shopping centers for 1/2 the wages an American OR legal immigrant would.
As an American, you too are an immigrant. I am embarrassed when I read post's like this, how do you think free market economies work? Why would you taint an article on water consumption with a trash post like this.
Home water use is borrowing the water. It ends up treated and back in the river for the next town to drink.
The best line is 'all that water has to come from somewhere." People seem to think that there can be more and more of us...and we're all taking more and more....and there are no repercussions.
Here in Boulder, we're awash in water because of the record snow fall this year....but what folks may not realize is that this will be different next year...and the root causes will still be there.