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25 Signs That A Horrific Global Water Crisis Is Coming

Every single day, we are getting closer to a horrific global water crisis.  This world was blessed with an awesome amount of fresh water, but because of our foolishness it is rapidly disappearing.  Rivers, lakes and major underground aquifers all over the globe are drying up, and many of the fresh water sources that we still have available are so incredibly polluted that we simply cannot use them anymore.  Without fresh water, we simply cannot function.  Just imagine what would happen if the water got cut off in your house and you were not able to go out and buy any.  Just think about it.  How long would you be able to last?  Well, as sources of fresh water all over the globe dry up, we are seeing drought conditions spread.  We are starting to see massive “dust storms” in areas where we have never seem them before.  Every single year, most of the major deserts around the world are getting bigger and the amount of usable agricultural land in most areas is becoming smaller.  Whether you are aware of this or not, the truth is that we are rapidly approaching a breaking point.

If dramatic changes are not made soon, in the years ahead water shortages are going to force large groups of people to move to new areas.  As the global water crisis intensifies, there will be political conflicts and potentially even wars over water.  We like to think of ourselves as being so “advanced”, but the reality is that we have not figured out how to live without water.  When the water dries up in an area, most of the people are going to have to leave.

And yes, it will even happen in the United States too.  For example, once Lake Mead dries up there is simply no way that so many people are going to be able to live in and around Las Vegas.

Right now, most of us take for granted that we will always have access to an unlimited amount of clean water.

But when you take a hard look at the data, it quickly becomes clear that everything that we have always taken for granted about water is about to dramatically change.

That following are 25 signs that a horrific global water crisis is coming.  The first 12 facts are about the United States, and the last 13 are about the rest of the world….

#1 Today, the United States uses approximately 148 trillion gallons of fresh water a year.

#2 According to the U.S. government, 36 U.S. states are already facing water shortages or will be facing water shortages within the next few years.

#3 Since 1998, the level of water in Lake Mead has plunged by more than 50 percent.  Lake Mead supplies about 85 percent of the water used in Las Vegas, and at this point the lake has 5.6 trillion gallons less water than it used to have.  Lake Mead is falling so fast that some believe that the Hoover dam could actually stop producing electricity in a few years.  Needless to say, that would be a total disaster for that entire region of the country.  In addition, if things continue at the current pace, it is being estimated that Lake Mead will run completely dry some time around the year 2021.

#4 According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. interior west is now the driest that it has been in 500 years.

#5 The Ogallala Aquifer, which is a massive underground lake that stretches from South Dakota all the way to Texas, is rapidly drying up.  The Ogallala Aquifer is believed to be the largest body of fresh water in the world, and right now it is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.  Right now it covers approximately 174,000 square miles, and since the 1950s we have drained enough water from it “to half-fill Lake Erie“.  Once upon a time, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of about 240 feet, but today the average depth is just 80 feet.  If something is not done, we will definitely see a return of the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.  We need to start listening to the experts.  Just consider what David Brauer of the Ogallala Research Service had to say when asked about the future of the Ogallala Aquifer….

“Our goal now is to engineer a soft landing. That’s all we can do.”

#6 A federal judge has ruled that the state of Georgia has very few legal rights to Lake Lanier.  Lake Lanier is the main water source for the city of Atlanta.  Millions more people are expected to move into the Atlanta area in the coming years, and this is creating an absolute nightmare for city officials.

#7 It is estimated that California only has a 20 year supply of fresh water left.

#8 It is estimated that New Mexico only has a 10 year supply of fresh water left.

#9 Things have gotten so dry in Arizona that now giant “dust storms” have been blowing through the city of Phoenix.

#10 Texas is has experienced one of the driest stretches that it has ever seen.  Right now, approximately 81 percent of the state of Texas is experiencing “exceptional drought” conditions, and wildfires have burned an astounding 3.6 million acres in the state.

#11 Approximately 40 percent of all U.S. rivers  and approximately 46 percent of all U.S. lakes have become so polluted that they are are now considered to be too dangerous to fish in, swim in or get drinking water from.

#12 Eight states in the Great Lakes region have signed a pact banning the export of water to outsiders – even to other U.S. states.

#13 It is being projected that by the year 2030, global demand for water will be 40 percent higher than it is today.

#14 Worldwide demand for fresh water tripled during the last century, and is now doubling every 21 years.

#15 According to USAID, one-third of the population of the earth will be facing severe or chronic water shortages by the year 2025.

#16 Of the 60 million people added to the world’s cities every year, the vast majority of them live in impoverished areas that have no sanitation facilities whatsoever.

#17 It is estimated that 75 percent of the surface water in India is now contaminated by human and agricultural waste.

#18 If you can believe it, according to a UN study on sanitation, far more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet.

#19 In the developing world, 90 percent of all wastewater is discharged completely untreated into local rivers, streams or lakes.

#20 Every 8 seconds, somewhere in the world a child dies from drinking dirty water.

#21 Due to a lack of water, Saudi Arabia has given up on trying to grow wheat and will be 100 percent dependent on wheat imports by the year 2016.

#22 In northern China, the water table is dropping one meter every single year because of drought and overpumping.

#23 Incredibly, a new desert the size of Rhode Island is created in China every single year because of drought and overpumping.

#24 In China, 80 percent of all major rivers have become so horribly polluted that they do not support any aquatic life at all at this point.

#25 Collectively, the women of South Africa walk the equivalent of the distance to the moon and back 16 times a day just to get water.

To learn more about the coming global water crisis, check out the short video posted below….

Right now, more than a billion people around the globe do not have access to safe drinking water.

That number is going to keep increasing.

Without enough fresh water, people cannot grow enough food.  Global food prices are already starting to skyrocket, and the coming global water crisis certainly is not going to help matters.

A massive, massive disaster is on the horizon.  The era of gigantic amounts of cheap food and “unlimited” amounts of clean water is over.

A horrific global water crisis is coming.

You better get ready.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    On number 18 Current did a pretty gross story in the lack of toilets in the developing world. I would highly recommend it but don’t do it shortly after a meal or before one. Also The history Channel did a show called Prophets of Doom water is one of the items covered. If your in the southwest and are paying attention you know water is a massive issue.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Develop fusion power. Then we can desalinate as much as we need from the oceans.

  • r.bitting

    ” Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life ” ( Jesus, speaking to the Samaritian woman in John ch.4 ). Jesus confronted her with her sin ( adultery ), then expained to the woman who He was. She believed, and was saved. Her, and most of her town as well. Theres nothing easier for a broken, humble and repentant soul to recieve than the Gospel of Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Theres nothing harder for the proud, arrogant, unrepentant soul to believe than that same Gospel. ” For we are to God the pleasing aroma of christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death, to the other an aroma that brings life “. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16. May God bless you all with a repentant heart, that you may saved, and hidden from what is about to happen next. I sincerely mean that.

  • KB

    I think one of the biggest abominations regarding fresh water is that we are allowed to throw ice away at fast food joints. I would love one of those infamous government studies to shed light on how much fresh water in the form of ice is thrown away each day into landfills, never to be seen again. I always remind my children to dump their ice onto the ground after they have any type of cold drink that contains ice.

    • I aint gonna lie

      “I would love one of those infamous government studies to shed light on how much fresh water in the form of ice is thrown away each day into landfills”

      LMAO! Words dont describe just how stupid anyone that’s read this line thinks you are now.

  • Gary2

    Good thing I live next to the great lakes. no shortage of water here, none at all. Maybe we can sell this say a gallon of water for a gallon of oil to the saudies?

    They can try to drink their oil. Gas at $1 per gallon.

  • http://hollyhocksgarden.blogspot.com Brenda

    Pray tell, HOW does one “get ready” for no water???

  • Terry

    Sorry, but I do not use a half million gallons of water per year.

    So who’s using all that water?

  • David Gurney

    Well,there goes my plan to move to Las Vegas in a few years.New Jersey better legalize sports betting or it’s off to Canada.

  • Highspeed

    What can be said or done? Once our most important natural resource is used up and gone, we are gone.

    Couple this with all the natural disasters, the political instability in many parts of the world and the economic crisis everywhere, this should make even the most hardened athiest re-think his belief system. Surely there is a God who is shaking the earth to gain our attention.

  • Nexus789

    Many deluded people ignore the limits to human population growth and dismiss Malthus. However, food production is not the only resource constraint and it is evident that we are hitting these constraints (water for instance) while the global population is still growing – will not end well.

    • Ben Dover

      People whine about GM foods, etc, but without industrial scale farming this planet could not support anywhere near its present population. Research crop yields from 1900.

      Organic farming does not yield enough to feed all of us, simple fact.

      I like veggies grown without pesticides as much as the next guy, but without these methods, there would be waaaay less food produced in the world. Africa would suffer greatly as food aid would become nonexistent.

      • Camper

        Then again, non-organic farming erodes the soil and poisons our water table, leading to lower agricultural yields in the long-run. GM crops have some pretty serious problems too (e.g. they can make insects resistant to their natural enemies).

        So the only solution is a sustainable (i.e. organic) agricultural revolution. If the yields get too low we will have to reduce our consumption of meat instead (which requires about 10x the land for the same amount of calories).

  • mondobeyondo

    Here in Arizona where I live, water should be one of the primary issues discussed among the people and state government. It SHOULD be. But is not. Arizona is a desert state. Not the entire state, but certainly the two most densely populated areas (metro Phoenix, and metro Tucson).

    The general assumption here is that there will always be water flowing from the Colorado River, keeping Lake Mead full, the fountains at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas perpetually flowing, and the cotton fields, alfalfa fields and golf courses in Maricopa County (metro Phoenix) green forever. And that we will always drill new wells, making the water table drop lower and lower. And if all else fails – just build a pipeline from the Pacific Ocean and take some of L.A.’s water.

    Yeah.

    As long as it keeps snowing in Colorado and Utah, at least enough to keep the Colorado River watershed flowing, we MAY be OK. But that hasn’t been the case lately. Lake Mead is at its lowest levels since 1956.

    We may soon find ourselves playing championship golf in Phoenix. Let’s call it the PGA Sahara Open. Just call the landscape “browns” instead of “greens”. There won’t be enough water to have actual turf.

    18 holes, all sand traps. Every single one of them. And maybe a cactus or two thrown in for good measure. (If you hit a saguaro, it’s an instant mulligan! Hee!)

  • charlesnews

    Yep. Start preparing yourself.

    – C.M. Banks

    click on profile name for more info on my latest video:
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  • mondobeyondo

    I don’t know what the future will bring. But I do know that here and now, in September of 2011, in the USA, we are rather lucky.

    I can still go down to the grocery store and buy a 24-pack of 17-ounce (500 millileter) bottles of water. Not many people in Somalia or Ethiopia can do that.

    We are blessed.

  • William

    I have long thought the availability of adequate water resources would become increasingly important. That is why I retired in the deep South, where there are BIG rivers. Did you ever cross the Tenn River on I65?? The Southwest will have few inhabitants in 50 years, and they will be reptiles. Poor Coloradans see Southern California drain off a LOT of the water in the Colorado River. Finally, Texas is ablaze with fires, a terrible drought and a very hot summer. Is this punishment for giving America the Smirking Chimp and war criminal Bush??

    • knightowl77

      William…I get the fact you think Bush is a war criminal, but what about Obama? He is killing people in 6 countries with predator drones, but you give him the peace prize…Talk about hypocrites.

  • Boycott American Women

    The only solution is if a large percent of people on the planet are wiped out through some kind of disaster or nuclear war.

    BRING ON WORLD WAR THREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.liquidenergyoasis.com DaVid

    You forgot to add MTBE to the mix. It was used to oxygenate gasoline in most states, now band of course. MTBE is the toxic byproduct of 2 US companies. So, deadly is it that the MTBE molecules will actively seek out water to bind to water molecules, literally forever. And since all gasoline USTs leak to a certain degree, some 90%+ of groundwater near major metropolitan areas are now contaminated with this deadly MTBE. Check out http://www.LiquidEnergyOasis.com.

    • Jean

      You are quite right in mentioning that. The town I used to live in (Alpine, CA) at one time had a wonderful aquifer that supplied clean, high quality water to the entire town through wells. NOW due to that additive the aquifer is contaminated forever and people have to have water piped in!

      The use of MTBE was originally supposed to help air pollution, and in CA it’s being “phased out” – but I see no reason to “phase” it out, should have been stopped immediately as soon as it was discovered it contaminated the water.

  • Thiagarajan TVS

    The forewarning by the Universe has been
    ignored totally, and we will all be driven
    to desperation until we recognize that there
    is God who can help us when we undertake
    meditation. Medication is the best panacea.
    If you are in doubt, you can approach the author
    Neale Donald Walsch to brief you.

    Today, we can talk many things ignoring what
    we thought and did in the past. But what we
    thought and did in the past is now leading us
    towards disaster.

  • Alan

    Too many people, we need a mass die off, sadly.

    • DownWithLibs

      Are you volunteering? It’s so easy to say “We need less people”, but who here is willing to sacrifice you and yours? Who are you to say who can have kids and who can’t? Maybe the first step out of our many problems is to finally stop trying to play god and to acknowledge that there is a God and, yes, let Him lead us out of this pit.

      • Camper

        Umm… or perhaps we need to pull our heads out of the sand and actually start to solve our problems.

        Saying “God will lead us out of this” is about as creative as saying “Consumption will get us out of this”. More of the same won’t fix it, so if you have put all your faith into God up ’till now, perhaps it’s time to do something useful instead, like start thinking about how you can minimize your ecological footprint.

        Some suggestions: Support politicians that back public transport; Reduce your meat consumption (try vegetarian once in awhile); Agitate for raised taxes on fossil fuels; …

        Lots of strenuous stuff – so perhaps it’s easier to just pray instead?

  • No more water

    Just saw the prophets of doom on the history channel, of all the real threats facing us today lack of water is the most horrific thing that could happen. Imagine no water from the faucet?
    Imagine how long you could last since there are no fresh rivers or lakes to drink from in most towns?
    we are doomed and the powers that be know it and are not telling us how bad it is going to be.

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    Here in New Mexico T Boon Pickens bought the water rights to the San Agustin Valley about 60 miles from here. They are drilling 24 inch wells that are over 2500 feet deep. They plan to pipe the water in and deliver it to El Paso TX.

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • 99er

    A few weeks ago we had our septic tank pumped out by a guy who was knowledgeable in the workings of septic systems. He mentioned that residential septic systems are designed to accomodate an average of 125 gallons per person PER DAY! That seems like a huge overestimate until you consider all the household uses for water: Laundry, showers, dish washing, toilet flushing, cleaning, shaving, tooth brushing, etc. There are plenty of ways to reduce usage but water is currently inexpensive enough for most of us that we’re content to leave those solutions up to the other guys.

    So, getting ready for the horrific global water crisis you warn of will probably mean choosing from one of several options for Americans.

    1) Prepare for water prices that resemble gasoline prices.

    2) Migrate to another part of the country where flooding will become your new issue.

    3) Recycle your sewage. Yeah, I know but it’s already being done in some places although it’s very expensive. Refer to option 1.

    4) Relocate to a source of saltwater and buy a desalinator. Refer to options 1 and 2.

  • Jase

    Anyone else find all this stuff pretty depressing? I now understand why so many people hide their heads in the sand, turn into religious zealots, got SHTF prep crazy, and all the other types of group behavior displayed.

    If you read just the top ten articles it is easy to see how every single article has truth, but the problems presented are so deep, have been going on for decades, and nobody has a solution to any of them. Every article ends with being prepared for TEOTWAWKO.

    At the same time it is a fine balance. Doomsayers and people who predict the end of the world often cling to this belief because their own lives are out of whack and it is comforting to hand over our lives to something greater than ourselves or feel we have information the large unwashed masses don’t even realize.

    Do I believe things are bad, really bad? I do, but I don’t have the resources to be able to buy up land in the middle of nowhere and build solar grids, stock up 10+ years worth of food, have onsite distillation facilities with a large unpolluted fresh water lake stocked with fish.

    Once again the article is good and stocked with facts. Wish there was more we could do than just stockpile supplies, pray, and wonder which possible scenario will throw the world into even more chaos and when.

    Sort of like the free will vs destiny debate.

    • Jean

      Jase,
      Your comments reflect my thoughts so very well I’ve nothing to add. Thanks very much for your post!

    • Rebecca

      this could easily be an echo of my thoughts. it can be hard to deal with every day life (or LAWKI for now) once you know all of these things. ignorance is truly bliss. the world we live on hangs by a tread and most of the people on it don’t have a clue. i envy them sometimes. while i lay awake wondering what kind of world my kids are going to inherit, simply hoping that they get to grow up at all, there are a million other people who’s most pressing thought is hoping the guy/girl that they like best will win american idol. its disheartening how few people even glimpse the whole picture. i just dont see any possible future where the next 50 years go by smoothly, i wish i did for my children’s sake.

  • Dill Weed

    Meh, Don’t be so gloom and doom.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com mintukumar

    hello,

    now a days water problem is massive crisis and its increasing day by day.

    Thanks.

  • Robert

    Michael;
    You said the Ogallala Aquifer is believed to be the largest body of fresh water in the world with approximately 174,000 square miles, but the Guarani Aquifer, which is is shared by Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.approximately 463,000 square miles, I guess the MSM does not report on this.
    Around 2 months ago Petrobras (Brazil`s state oil company) report also discovered a underground river beneath the Amazon River, it was given an Arab name because the scientist that discovered it was Arab, but I have forgot the name of it. (Indian legend also told about this underground river, that in some areas is 250 miles in width.

    • Ben Dover

      What happens to the landscape above when enough water is removed from an underground lake?

  • Jonathan

    This is quite frankly unexceptable for this to happen to people that think so highly of themselves and boast their achievements as of those of godly beings? If people dont stop their arrogance people will by their very nature destroy themselves. Know that you have flaws in order to fix them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17386914794545321081 WM

    WOW! Michael, Yet another amazing article. If my hope were not in the Lord Jesus and in the Bible, I think I would take a walk in the woods with my old friend Smith & Wesson and end it today. Seriously, I know you and many of your subcribers are Christians and know that the things that are happening should not surprise us as the Bible has very clearly and precisely predicted the current events we are not seeing unfold, some thousands of years ago. When I mention this to people and encourage them to start prepearing now, some listen, but sadly, most look at me as if I am some kind of nut job.

    May God bless you and thank you for your websites, they have really kept me aware, and between discovering these sites while job searching and being unemployed for 2+ years, both the website and coming close to losing my home have caused me to get VERY serious about survivalism and learning about global events and reviewing Bible prophecy in more detail now.

    It amazes me the follishness amongst our leaders and people in authority, and it often comes down to greed in the things that they harm the future generations, as your article attests to, ( polluting water, wasting water in deserts, etc)

    I was in Phoenix, AZ 10 years ago and was amazed at how much water was wasted in watering the plethera of golf courses in that area…..just a waste of precious resources. And I also noticed that every suburban home I seen had a very nice, well watered lawn.

    • Michael

      WM:

      It really means a lot to hear that this website is an encouragement to people like you. Keep the faith and keep fighting the good fight. :)

      Michael

  • Jeans13

    Thank goodness I have a rainwater tank. Everyone should have a way of capturing rainwater! I got mine from Living Rainwater Tanks.

  • TucsonKK

    This is very true and Fracking(used in gas drilling) wastes huge amounts of water then the chemicals get into the water supply. Bastrop Texas where all the wildfires were is a major hub for gas fracking and along with the drought and highest tempertures ever no wonder all the fires. So is gas drilling worth polluting drinking water and let’s not forget oil shale and the huge amount of water that uses.
    Climate Change is here!!!

    • 99er

      The use of water in fracking has many people concerned. The amount of water used and the cleanup of that water becomes a bigger problem as more and more shale oil/gas is discovered. There is a growing use of a process that replaces the water used in hydraulic fracturing with gelled propane.

      http://transloading.org/tag/propane-fracking/

      Once the shale has been fractured and the oil or natural gas is released virtually all of that propane is then recovered to be either reused on another job or sold along with the product. No water is taken from the already stressed aquifers and that means there is no need to purify water after it’s pumped back out of the wwll after fracturing.

  • http://www.LasVegasRealEstateHome.com Paul

    Interesting post.

    You should do a little more research on Lake Mead though. A Big hint for you is Lake Powell. (Lake Powell is Up 40 Ft. since April of 2011.) BTW… Lake Mead has dropped to these levels before back in the 1950’s and again in 1965.

    In 1989 water levels reached the overflow… Take a look at the historical water levels for Lake Mead since Hoover Dam was built and you’ll see the trends.

    By the way… Lake Mead went up half a foot this week and is up about 30 ft. in the past year. Regardless.. there is a lot more to the story about why Lake Mead water levels are at their current levels then it just drying up.

    Interesting post with the rest of the information provided though.

    • mondobeyondo

      There are several reasons why the water level in Lake Mead has been low. There’s the persistent drought in the Southwest (it’s now spreading to Texas. Ask anyone from Dallas, Austin or San Antonio, they’ll tell you this summer has been dry as a bone.)

      And there’s agriculture – those cotton and corn fields have to be irrigated. And then the cities take their fair share. Las Vegas gets the vast majority of its water from Lake Mead. Some of the water downstream goes to the CAP (Central Arizona Project), and is sent to Phoenix and Tucson.

      BTW, the Colorado River no longer reaches the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, as it once did. It dries up long before it ever gets that far.

  • onecansay

    No one speaks of evaporation. Do some molecules which pertain to H2O simply vanish into thin air. Where is this evaporated water? Seems we have nothing but drought areas with little precipitation on the other side of the equation.

    Has anyone REALLY questioned that?! Does weather modification technology have anything to do with this phenomenon?!

  • Ramo

    What about the sea of Galilii? That body of water is being used by Israel/ Palestine and is drying up as well. Last I heard they were near the red line. And what about the Bushs buying some huge aquifer in South America… the ruling oligarchs are well aware of this and will move to exploit this as usual! Inform the people, this isnt over by a long shot.

    • 99er

      I KNEW it was Bush’s fault!

  • http://www.youtube.com/safearmsreview SafearmsReview

    This is indeed a HUGE problem. You can survive without water. As a prepper I have a good store of emergency water, however if the current conditions continue & water becomes even more scarce it will affect everything we do.

    If a dust bowl does hit the U.S. that means famine, higher crime & worse.

    However the age old questions remains… what does it profit a man if he gains the wold world & losses his soul? No matter how much ‘stuff’ you have set aside we will all have to give an answer for our lives. I hope everyone considers this & looks into the gospel of Jesus Christ. Check out http://www.needGod.com for more info.

    Other than that this info is a bit unnerving but you just do what you can & provide for you family, helps others & hope for the best.

    Thanks for posting,

  • leto the second

    i knew our planet was the future arakis. those that survive will have to learn to ride the giant worms and await the comming of Muad Dib. we already have jihad.

  • http://stepbystepblogbuilding.com Joe Jacobson

    Thanks for sharing this info. A good reminder to factor in water challenges with the rest of the economic challenges coming in 2012.

  • Eric Blood Axe

    If the world had spent the money, that they spent on wars, there might now be an economic means to de-salt the oceans.

  • Richard Weil

    The sad thing is most Americans (at least outside the Southwest) don’t have a clue about this, even though the crisis has been discussed among experts for decades. What’s even scarier is that around 30 countries depend on “virtual water”–imported food obviously grown using aquatic resources elsewhere. If the exporting countries can’t afford to do that anymore the implications are not good.

  • Mark

    I learned about this 20 years ago. So when I purchased a ranch, water was a must. I try to develop as much water as I am able. We are going to dig another lagre pond that is supplied by a good spring. The spring water fills a 25,000 gal tank first and then will fill the pond. The water from the pond will water more pasture for cows. Even though we water from the creek, it is good to have more water sources for times of drought. The water table in India’s bread basket is dropping also. We need to store more water in the winters to get thru the summers. The enviro activists will stop most future dam projects. In California a judge shut off the water to huge amounts of farm land down by Fresno. The unemployment rate is very high because of this action. Farm soils are being depleted at a high rate. In India the government subsidized Urea ( N ) for the last 30 years or so. The level of P is very low. The farmers use more and more Urea without good results. The huge amounts of the extra Urea washes out of the soil and into the water to pollute it.They could fix this by adding more P, but it is expensive. Anyhow most of the P comes from China and India does not get along to well with them. I am always trying to build up my soils with as much organic matter that I can. Some day the best part of my fields will be needed to produce food instead of grass for livestock. It is best to be prepared for a collaspe, for the price of NPK could be very high if you could even get it. I try to keep a large compost pile on a small farm scale aways working. Are you prepared for what is coming? You should start preparing for hard times or a natural disaster hitting you. Do what you can for your situation.

  • http://goto.glocalnet.net/pdn/ Perdavid Nygren

    Let it come!, we (at least) have a safe and rich well here… but if earthquakes comes… things could change. But here in Sweden earthquakes is beyond extremely rare, so I´m feeling lucky!!!

    • Hope and Change

      God is laughing

  • Tatiana Covington

    Develop fusion power. Then we can desalinate arbitrarily large amounts of water from the oceans. That will solve the water problem for good.

    Remember, that the oceans contain enough water to cover 71% of the world, some 12,000 feet deep on average. True, that water is saline. There are also the icecaps, which cover another 3.5%, some 8000 feet deep on average.

    There are no shortages of water. There are only shortages of technology.

    • Ben Dover

      Right. No shortage of water. Just a shortage of CHEAP water.

  • http://naturalhealthtools.com David

    As the sun moves towards a ‘solar maximum’ in late 2012, I think that it will continue to get warmer and we’ll have more droughts.

    Having a quality water filter is important to remove the chlorine, flouride and other toxins… but it will be vital if and when the water supply is compromised.

    The Berkey filters are the best I’ve seen at removing bacteria and toxins, so that you can filter untreated water.

    http://naturalhealthtools.com/berkey/

  • Colin

    With these coming catastrophes, there will be less people populating our planet and more opportunities for the survivors. This was what happen in Europe following the Black Death in the mid-14th century.

  • Gary2

    Obama Millionaire’s Tax: President To Seek New Tax Rate For Wealthy.

    About f ing time.

  • Gary2

    We must go further. We must end the corporate welfare state for once and for all!

    *All companies and corporatio­ns which have over 50% of the management and boards living on U.S. soil MUST have their manufactur­ing and service base in the U.S.
    *Tax short-term gains at 90%; end the speculativ­e boom-bust economy.
    *Cities, Counties and States should be prevented from giving tax breaks to companies in the form of free land, lower fees and taxes, etc.
    *National living wage legislatio­n. Private businesses should not be able to have wages so low that employees qualify for public assistance­.
    *Close all corporate tax loopholes, expensive write-offs and aggressive­ly pursue corporate taxes.
    *Aggressiv­ely pursue the wealthy who have funds in illegal off-shore accounts.

    Use our public treasury to create single-pay­er universal health care for all, free to user post-high school education for all.

    • Ben Dover

      You are ALWAYS full of great ideas, Gary2!

    • bobbobbobbob

      U HAVE GOOOOD IDEAS BUT UNFORTUNATELY 4 U THEy WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE—god bless

    • knightowl77

      Gary, since everything you are proposing is UnConstitutional here, why don’t you just move to the Marxist paradise of Cuba. Then you’ll have everything you think you deserve…Oh and when you go, could you take Michael Moore with you???

      • Gary2

        Doing what we always do will not give us different results. We need fresh ideas and to not be bound by some 17th century document.

        I personally look at the constitution as suggestions as opposed to it being akin to a religious document.

  • JD

    Wow, that future money trends video is an eye opener. I knew that it was immoral to use corn as fuel. Corn needs alot of water to grow more than any other plant. It makes me wonder if the NWO will appcomplish their goal of population control by making million die of thirst and starve to death by green technology. I always thought that the revolution would start when millions are freezing and starving to death. The green agenda is killing us. The smart meters will shut off the heat and AC in the name of energy conservation, and food for fuel will starve us out. Call me a conspiricy nut but it looks like it more and more to me. Im also pissed at the politicians that thought it was a good idea to bring the wolves back to the west. We just rounded up our herd and we lost alot to predators. This is just sad to work so hard and have nothing to show for it. I hope it all comes down soon. Im so tired of this greedy corrupt system that wants to either kill us or enslave us. I think Thomas Jefferson said it best “The tree of liberty must be replenished with the blood of tyrants and patriots.” Lets Roll.

    • Mark

      JD, the wolves are just psrt of rewilding from Agenda 21. They will try to herd us into living in big cities that are a prison to me. Michael wrote some good stuff on agenda 21. Dr. Henery Lamb at World Net Dailey has done a lot of articles on Agenda 21 and rewilding in the past. The wolf is now in Oregon and when it makes it to south west Oregon this will be a nightmare for livestock producers. This is one more tool for the control freak wackos to kill rural economies to force people over time to live in cities. They kill off loging, farming, ranching,etc . The one thing that they missed was retires pensions supporting local rural counties at this time. The way things are going those funds will dry up sooner than later.

  • Brandy

    One more excuse to raise food prices.. yet again

  • Hope and Change

    Come on man. You need to offer more hope and change in your articles.

  • shiza

    never once do you mention desalinization as a way to deal with our water shortage. dont get me wrong. i see the shortage coming and understand that our resources should be examined carefully. the wars in the middle east that have been going on for thousands of years have all been about resources and primarily water. desalinization could save the planet from water shortages and also improve many of the third world countries that are dying from the lack of fresh water. unfortunatly there is a calculated effort by many politicians and so called environmentalist to stop the nuclear industry from providing energy and fresh water to parts of the world that are desperate and have no or limited options. im sorry that you fail too really tackle the issue instead of making your story into a doomsday scenario, which i agree could be. with the right direction and care for all humanity and not just the first world we could easily come up with a plan to get fresh water just about anywhere we want it. good luck with your next article and thanks for the info. we do need to take drastic measures to fix the problem but it also should involve other ideas that can benifit all of humanity and not just a bunch of greedy first world pigs.

  • Peter

    Hard to believe there are no comments yet. This is big! I grew up in Austin, Texas, so I know what hot is, and I know what dry is. Since the 80s, when I was a kid, it has gotten hotter and drier. Right now, several suburbs of Austin have no water at all. That’s right: they turn on the taps and nothing comes out! The Edwards aquifer, one of the most prolific aquifers in the country, is drying up.

    My parents and sisters live there, but they are in total denial. Even though their gardens have died (they are avid gardeners), and even though they are in stage III water restrictions (NO outside watering allowed at all), they seem to think that somehow magical pixie dust will save them.

    Central Texas is a DESERT! It cannot support large quantities of people. Yet it is almost the only high-growth area left in this country. Why? Because they have far less regulations on businesses than most of the other states. Without getting into whether regulations are good or bad, it is clear that the job and real estate markets are better than almost anywhere else, so people flock there.

    Soon they will choke to death on the parched, scalding air. Okay, that is a little over dramatic, but there is simply not enough water for all those people.

    When I was a kid, I remember one Christmas when it was ninety degrees. As recently as last month it was one hundred degrees AT MIDNIGHT! Whether is is due to global warming or not isn’t the point. It IS happening, yet I personally know over a dozen people who deny it, or ignore it, or claim that it will pass soon.

    How soon? Will you have died of dehydration by then? You can’t get water from a spigot in most city parks anymore, too many people have been filling up their jugs from taps by the water fountains. Yes you can still drink a sip of water, but no more faucets that you can hook a hose to.

    My point is, the state of Texas is suffering badly. There are millions of people there but not enough water. There are fires all over the place, with over three MILLION acres burned this year, include the big Bastrop fire not thirty miles from my parent’s house.

    What will happen next?

    • bobbobbobbob

      very interesting but in ny state we have too much h2o. the water levels r at 103% full???? I DONT UNDERSTAND THAT EITHER
      COME ON DOWN AND GET REFRESHED

  • DownWithLibs

    Stop the Planet. I want OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gary2

    Why do people live in the dessert/next to the dessert and then complain about a lack of water? Am I missing something?

    • 99er

      Gary2 wants to know if he’s missing something. Nawww, you’re right on top of the situation. Now go have your cookie and milk then take a nap and dream about the tax man making everything right.

      • Mike

        idiot

      • Gary2

        I meant this as a serious question. It seems to me that living in/near a arid desert region and complaining about a lack of water is akin to living in the arctic and complaining about the cold.

        Having lived in the great lakes area all my life I can not imagine water being an issue as there has most of the time been too much water. Maybe people need to not live in the dessert?

        • Kevin

          You eat dessert, you don’t live in it. Maybe that’s what you’re missing.

          • Gary2

            Ha-touche!

    • mondobeyondo

      Why do I live in the desert?

      1) Because it’s hot
      2) Because I don’t have to shovel sunshine in the winter
      3) The dust storms are awesome!
      4) Lots of cactus
      5) Hardly any mosquitoes. But the giant sewer roaches make up for that.

      Having said all that, I’d love to live in Minnesota one day…

    • gentile

      because many times deserts have resources you cant get somewhere else

    • dtayls

      They live there for the sweet dessert after every meal…?

    • deb

      yeah you didn’t read the whole article.. it effects everyone eventually.

  • JD

    Mark, We checked the pastures that the sheep were on there was no sign of wool or bones. The predators were of the two-legged kind. People are rustling again. We figure that they took a horse trailer and stole them in the dark of night. Our neigbors are complaining of losses as well. The guard dogs we have arent trained to attack humans. Im going to be staying with them next summer. This has got to stop.

  • Paul

    Why do people continue to populate, populate populate?

    • Steve

      Bingo. That’s the real problem, and nobody wants to even talk about it. The population keeps growing. The supply of water doesn’t. Big problem. It’s just a matter of when it hits the tipping point. Very scary.

    • NoKids,thnkU

      Why do people continue to p-o-l-l-u-t-e, p-o-l-l-u-t-e, p-o-l-l-u-t-e?

    • Kevin Eshbach

      I’m not continuing the population problem. (I know I am part of the 0.01% population who understands what the future holds.)

  • Hydrogator

    The drought in the west is not something new. As the large lakes start have been drying up, scientist are finding the stumps of trees on the bottom of the lakes indicating that the west has been under an unusual wet condition for a while and is just returning to normal dry conditions. Better use of the aquifer water by agriculture would make a significant difference. A lesson we could learn from Israel.

  • Mad Max

    It’s amazing with all the problems of our time, the people are doing nothing. We’re waiting around for our problems to fix themselves. Insane! First we have to fix are most important problem so we can begin to move forward people. If we don’t fix our government, we’ve had it.

    People all over the world are starting to learn about revolution 2.0 –

    I’m not afraid anymore!

    The Revolution has started –
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    Free people shouldn’t act or live like slaves!

  • JD

    We got too much water this year. The Judith River has changed its course from the epic flooding we got this year. Michael I read today’s AG report pork producers are saying they have to raise prices because of corn. They are talking to congress about not letting so much go to ethanol. You would think the politicians would get a clue about the Ogallala aquifer by now. Theres no way that it will be the fuel of the future. I was watching “Your Bottom Line” on CNN with Christine Romans and the guests she had on sounded like they were reading the Economic Collapse Blog. Hopefully the message is getting out about America’s dying economy. They were talking about student loans being more than credit card debt and that Generation Y is spoiled and ill-prepared to work in this new world. Keep up the good work!

  • Darien

    Let’s continue to bring in 2 to 3 million immigrants every year. That will certainly solve our water woes.
    Don’t forget the other dwindling nature resources such as fossil fuels, minerals, tomber and farmland. Yes, more people here will certainly benefit those also.

    • Gary2

      You are correct good post.

    • NoKids,thnkU

      No, let’s all emigrate somewhere else where the’ve got enough water.

  • the Beast

    The lavish way of live is about to end. Sharing and using resources responsibly is the way of the future. The transformation from the current way of living to next will be hard however.

  • The Golden Child

    All hell is going to break loose. look for the gov to create a crises.while we worry about the one they created.they will tank the global economy starting with the EURO then USA. they have to do in order to start the new world order. thats why they are trying to get rid of the middle class and only have rich and poor.its coming i can feel it….

  • T

    You’re wrong on women walking the equivalent to the moon for water- that’s flat out wrong

  • Curt W

    Remember the movie Tank Girl , fighting the evil Water & Power

  • mondobeyondo

    Long, long ago… around the year 1138 or so, Native Americans called the Hohokam Indians, inhabited the valley where the city of Phoenix, Arizona is located today.

    They built extravagant canals and water systems. Pretty primitive stuff for today – (hey, they were extravagant for 1138!)

    And then suddenly, they all left. These native peoples just packed up and moved. They left behind a few ruins (Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde, Arizona, among several others.)

    Makes you wonder if our modern 2011-era population will suffer the same fate?

    Some future archeologist will come upon the ruins of Circus Circus in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    They will look at each other, and say:

    “What do you suppose this was? Was it a circus?

    “Oh yes! They called it Circus Circus!”

    “But a few feet down this pathway.. there is this area called “Circus Maximus”, at a place called “Caesars Palace”.”

    “Well, why didn’t they call this place “Circus Circus Circus Maximus”?

    “Who knows. 20th Century humans were crazy.”

  • Colin

    I have heard people say that the student loan bubble may be imploding soon. This would be catastrophic. Here is an article on this matter:

    http://www.mybudget360.com/one-trillion-dollar-student-loan-market-begins-to-implode-student-college-debt-for-profit-debt-lower-wages-higher-costs/

    Desalination, though attractive as a proposal to the fresh water supply issue, has its issues. One of them is brine which can be environmentally destructive.

    There is also the issue of our oceans turning increasingly acidific as the by-products of our civilization flow into this water system. How do we filter the salt out of the water and how do we reduce the acid in the water?

  • r.bitting

    In case you people are’nt picking up on it, the news is’nt getting any better and it’s about to get a whole lot worse, and sooner than you think. YOUR NORMALCY BIAS IS GOING TO BE THE END OF YOU. Never mind your political views, ask yourselves the more pressing questions of the day, ” Is there a God? And if so what’s he expect of me? You better know what you believe is the truth, and why it is that you believe what you believe because you are about to stand or fall on it. ” Multitudes, Multitudes, in the valley of decision! “….. Joel ch.3

  • Jimmy

    Let’s try the “Gary Solution”: take water away from the rich and redistribute it. Problem solved! Yay!

    • Gary2

      I am happy to see you are coming around to my way of thinking. I like top believe I am having a positive influence on this site. Given your agreement in principal of taxing the rich and spreading the wealth I am succeeding.

  • karen

    It’s amazing a friend of mine from Texas came here last week where drought is beyond belief he said there are no water restrictions as to rationing the water supply this leads me to believe that a water shortage is something that the elite want. A few years ago the goverment re-wrote the Water Consevation laws they own every drop of water in the US and that includes the ocean and even a mud-hole in your yard, a time will come when you can not even hunt did you know that it was against the law to hunt during the Great Depression. And laws have been in place to put and end to fishing.

  • http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/ George Forfa

    I’ve seen stories about China being the largest buyer of water rights in the Western United States, over the past 2 or 3 years. It’s more than just buying up resources. It has everything to do with balance of power. Without water, there is no life.

  • C

    I guess that’s good, less water, less people.

  • doomster

    Good article – also, don’t forget about the situation in Somalia and Djibouti. As Paul pointed out, the ever rising world population certainly doesn’t help. American mainstream media talks about how horrible China’s “One Child Policy” is, even as there’s tremendous pollution in many parts of Asia and millions of Indians have little food or water.

  • ecocide

    Good reads on the subject of water are Laurence Smith, 2050. Marc Reisner, Cadillac Desert. Blue Gold and anything written by Jared Diamond. Wars will be fought over water in less than 2 decades.

  • http://yahoo mw

    The largest body of fresh water in the world is the Antarctic Ice Cap.

  • redbrick

    What? No mention of the fact that the Northern hemisphere’s rainwater is being contaminated by Japan’s Fukushima? That means crops and animals being contaminated as well. And people.

  • Joe

    The article closes by saying “A horrific global water crisis is coming. You better get ready.”

    So how do we get ready? Buy desalinators? Seriously.

  • Joe

    Move to Paraguay? (The Bush family bought thosands of acres of property over the largest remaing aquafir in the world in Paraguay.)

  • Nabil

    Times are going to continue to
    get harder and harder.

  • Steve

    Love your website, read it a few times a week when I see updates. Normally I click on links and they are relevant, but the link provided in #6 is 4 yrs old. The video shows a very low lake, presently, lake lanier is only 4ft below full pool: link, not a drastic amount, esp considering the path hurricanes have been taking this year.

    Back in 1998 and 1999 Pennsylvania had a severe drought and a number of people had to have some older water wells re-drilled to a deeper depth. Our drought ended in Sept of 1999 when hurricane flloyd came around and dumped a boatload of rain on us. Our 2 yr drought ended in 1 day. Since then we have had the normal amounts of preciptiation and we haven’t really had any issues.

    I think making assumptions based on current weather is not a very smart idea. Look at the monster snowpack in the rockies and sierra this year as an example, many said we wouldn’t see snow like that again. Just a quck search of news produced these 2 items:

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18898152

    http://www.expatica.com/ch/news/swiss-news/record-snowfall-in-switzerland-45-cm-in-st-moritz_176497.html
    snippet:
    Snow fell in the Swiss Alps overnight Sunday to levels unseen for the month of September, Swiss weather agency Meteosuisse reported on Monday.

  • http://www.chooserenewable123.com Alina

    We are facing global crises from multiple directions… water, food, finance, jobs, energy, bad governments, etc. There is no easy answer. We have to get back to living off what we can produce ourselves, and tread as lightly as we can on the Earth. It won’t be easy, but we are coming to a tipping point. Unless we change and become ready to truly support our own needs – food, water, shelter, clothing, energy – I believe we won’t be able to survive. Life as we have known it is rapidly coming to an end. We have consumed ourselves nearly to death. It is merely a question of are we going to consume ourselves the rest of the way?

    Start saving and planting seeds. Make sure you have a high quality water filter that does not require unlimited replacements. Go green whenever you can – especially your energy sources. The time to get ready is now. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    Many blessings to you ~ and may peace prevail over all the Earth.

    • http://www.paradism.org LoveAnarchist

      Yes one pretty simple answer is stop the over-population… At the basis of all these problems, we have that fact that we live on a planet with limited resources, and every human uses a certain amount of resources. So if people could just use common sense and limit themselves to maximum one child per individual, we have a balance.

      • NoKids,thnkU

        Tell that to the Pakistani gvnmt. 10 kids per woman is far above your minimum.

  • wreighzzah

    global change is here and accepted. the point is..yes we are doing something about it- is it enough? will it answer our water crisis as fast as it dries up? save earth and save water.

  • http://deleted joeyche21

    please conserve water.

    • NoKids,thnkU

      Why? It does not make sense.
      The only thing which would make a difference is if we stopped spitting _ toxic_ waste everywhere we go.

  • Charles Grey

    The coming water crisis was also talked about on a History program “Prophets Of Doom”. How long could current civilization last if it did happen?

  • http://observationcloud.wordpress.com Paul D

    Scary stuff!

  • Paul

    Well, there are 1 billion more people on the planet every 12 years. And the population of the USA has about the same growth rate as a third world country.
    (Data from http://www.cia.gov)

    The catholic church in the Philippines is still prohibiting the use of birth control in the country. But they don’t do anything to feed the rapidly growing population.

  • Smith_comma_John

    #2 is FOUR-year-old information. Got anything more up-to-date?

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

    We can’t control the weather, only Mother Nature and HAARP can do that. :-P

    And in the case of an economic collapse or EMP attack, municipal water systems may shut down.

    So I purchased a Katadyn Expedition Group Filter which can filter 1 gallon per minute from streams, lakes, etc., to have safe drinking water for my family.

    I also purchased the Katadyn Pocket Filter as a more portable option.

    http://moneycrisisgameplan.com/nitro-pak-water-filters/

    • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

      Also, the versatile Berkey water filters are the ideal system for use at home, as they effectively remove bacteria, cysts and parasites; chlorine, VOCs and harmful chemicals.

      And they’re a must in emergency situations where electricity, water pressure, or treated water may not be available; to clean untreated water from a lake, river, stagnant ponds, etc.

      http://moneycrisisgameplan.com/berkey/

  • Daniel

    It is not that we have too little water, it is the fact we pollute nearly half of it making it unusable. It is not about conservation. It is about stopping the unregulated countries like China from destroying their water and then wanting to buy ours, too. Clean it or lose it. That is the real choice.

  • Hans Geiger

    And an other ‘right now-er’. What a stupid phrase! Is right now more now than now?

  • http://?? Charles Probett

    In Sept. 2002 I wrote a 2-page account of the problems of over-population/fresh water. It covers all the important points in the article, but goes beyond. How many people are aware that the 1% of fresh water available on this planet (the rest is ocean water and 10,000 feet of compressed ice on Antartica) comes from the only source of heat for evaporation of ocean water into fresh water – and that is the Sun!! Artificial heat from solar panels to evapaorate sea water, for example, is totally limited.
    Thw world is facing a problem of which very, very, few are aware.

  • shreejana

    It won’t be easy, but we are coming to a tipping point. Unless we change and become ready to truly support our own needs – food, water, shelter, clothing, energy – I believe we won’t be able to survive. Life as we have known it is rapidly coming to an end. We have consumed ourselves nearly to death. It is merely a question of are we going to consume ourselves the rest of the way?

    Start saving and planting seeds. Make sure you have a high quality water filter that does not require unlimited replacements. Go green whenever you can – especially your energy sources.

  • ChuckC

    Water wars, its happened before, but ending GOLF courses in the western and southwestern areas of the USA would be a serious start to saving water. Switching from lawns to decorative plants and pebbles ALL over TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, Nevada, Utah and ARIZONA, might also help, car washes in the same areas need to be reserved for special times and at higher costs.

  • ChuckC

    MOVE BACK TO THE GREAT LAKE REGION before the new border wall is built!

  • http://N/A Kika

    WILL EVERYONE P L E A S E WAKE UP – N O W ! THIS IS NOT A JOKE,
    FOLKS – this is serious !
    Population control is a MUST,NOW and forthwith.No MORE SWIMMING POOLS full of water;no more WASTING WATER ANYWHERE,if you can
    help it – PLEASE ! Be VERY SPARTAN in your usages…and DID YOU
    KNOW THAT THE ICECAPS R E AL L L Y ARE MELTING ?????CHECK WITH
    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY – AND READ,READ AND GET
    EDUCATED
    The time for blasé life IS OVER,folks.Safe the planet for your grandkids…

  • http://n/a Doris Early

    VEGAS is still filling those swimming pools. Vegas needs to go away. That would save alot of people in the long run. Oh , but what’s that you say? You love money more than people.

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