The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

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When our newspapers tell us of floods caused by torrential rains -- floods that drown people and destroy their property -- it would seem that the water crisis is one of too much water rather than the too little caused by drought. This is the great paradox of water: the man who fights a flood today may go thirsty tomorrow. There is a crisis in water not only in arid deserts but also in those areas that border the great oceans. The water problem is a strange and puzzling phenomenon; yet understand it we must if civilization is to continue to flourish.

Recently a United States Senate committee made this considered pronouncement:

We face a water crisis that threatens to limit economic growth, undermine living standards, endanger health and jeopardize national security. We live on the edge of water bankruptcy.

Shortly after the Senate committee voiced its concern, an article in the journal Science included this disquieting observation: "A permanent water shortage affecting our standard of living will occur before the year 2000."

For those living in many of our states, the date mentioned in . . .

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