Ok folks this the way it works for you half informed and undereducated....<quoted text>
FYI: Water "NATURALLY" cleans itself. YOU are the one that doesn't know about "the way things work". Water seeps down into the ground and becomes clean again. The problem only becomes evident when water has to be drilled for and it COSTS MONEY. The COST is what sets minds to thinking that the world is "running out of palatable water". Today, we are all drinking the SAME WATER that was here during the days of the dinosaur...)or don't you think there REALLY WERE DINOSAURS????? Huhhhh???? And... the earth is FLAT, isn't it...??) This the way it ALWAYS HAS BEEN and the way it ALWAYS WILL BE. Repeat: Take your child's ELEMENTARY SCIENCE BOOK and R-E-A-D.
Water follows gravity (most of the time). For us here in Florida it starts with the downflow from Lake Lanier (thats N. Georgia). This regional flow along with some of the largest amounts of rainfall in the country make our water reserves. You see the entire state is one big filter. The main cleaning portion of the filter is the Everglades that have been reduced at yearly average of about 12%. Anyway we have what is called a sheet flow. The water migrates from the northern part of the state all the way down to the keys. Along the way it collects in various basins, one of them being one of the largest lakes in the country (Lk Okeechobee, very polluted) Most of our inter state rivers that were not re-engineered are more like large marshes(another source of recharge) so this water as it flows down the state filters into the aquifer through a very thin layer of lime-stone and into the underground system that the penisula rests on. Because of unchecked and irresponsible develeopment many of the recharge areas have been covered with concrete and run-off diverted to the ocean. This means the water does not go through the filter cycle and leaves less in the system. The lower levels in the aquifer, lowers the resisting pressures to salt water. All that water that surrounds us it what is killing us. As the salt water continues to pollute the Fresh water supply we do our part to help with incecticides, fertirlizers, sewage, etc. Thus furthering the amount in the fresh water cycle. Add to it the relentless stupidity to have plants and lawns not intended for our climate and the incredible need to wash your SUV's and now you have a water shortage. Just for kicks compound that problem with a 138% growth rate of immigrants from other states legal or otherwise and we do not have the resources to sustain our population.
Just because you got a surpluss (if you really do) dont call me chicken little for KNOWING we have a water shortage.