In the United States, the available water resources is also under assault. Half of water collected and stored by existing infrastructure is usually used in the production of electricity. This forces the population to use and divide what little there is left. This has always been a “good enough” approach until now, when water prices and population is on the rise.(3) There are already calls for charging water resources in order to increase efficiency of use.(3) Water protection is already being carried out and has been for years, but there is still water pollution occurring within the United States. After the Civil war, America strived to provide its population with clean water
Moving on, there are some issues with the legislation that has been passed in order to conserve the water, especially concerning the Clean Water Act. People are having opposition with the rules of the Clean Water Act. Small business owners feel that this act is restricting the way that they tend to their property. For example, several farmers use pesticides, herbicides, and other fertilizers to keep harmful insects and other animals off of their crops, so they can grow properly. These pesticides eventually end up in our local rivers, lakes, and oceans which are making humans and animals very ill. However, they make money by the crops they sell, and to them, the Clean Water Act has a very negative economic impact on them (Landers). Although
Envision yourself, about to complete a straightforward, everyday thing such as washing the dishes, suddenly to your surprise there is no water coming out of the faucet. Well for the civilians of East Porterville this is their reality. California has always had very lenient and ineffective groundwater regulations. Today, this has become a major issue, especially with California's severe drought. The regulation of the aquifer is a necessity because cleanliness is a basic human right and by not regulating the groundwater and leaving civilians with no working water, that right is taken away. The right to bathe, wash your hands, and have a working toilet is simply no more. Furthermore there are scientific statements, proving that excessively pumping groundwater will lower the water levels, which will likely lead to the land level sinking as well.
As Texas continues to increase in urbanization, the amount of water needed for municipal and industrial uses will increase significantly. More than half the water in Texas comes from underground. Aquifers in some areas of the state are being consumed faster than they can be filled again. Having a sustainable and efficient groundwater management policy is important to ensure that the future water demands will be satisfied.
My opinion is that California should not regulate groundwater because of farmers and financially. A Farmer would need more water for their crops, animals , accordingly themselves. That is a large amount of water , I do not think that is fair because what would happen if the farmers ran out of water ;they would have to use other residents water. Farmers would have to buy less pickups,employing less people, moreover buying less tractors.In source 1 it says that “the Farmers feel very disconnected with the
Even though, “‘We are tied to the groundwater 100 percent,’ he said, ‘so ultimately it will have an effect on consumer prices. There's just no getting around that’” (Source1), citizens would be able to obtain water with more ease. "City folks just don't understand that they're biting the hand that feeds them, I'm afraid" (Source1). With laws, farmers will have less access to water, but the citizens will be able to have any access. They might have to pay more for food, but they will be able to get water.
So it’s not unlike having several straws in a glass, and everyone drinking at the same time, and no one really watching the level.” (Source 3). The farmers are always drilling the groundwater and the citizens get stuck with whatever is left. The farmers are more worried about the economy and their crops. It really isn’t fair if the farmers acquire almost all the water and the people don’t. We need water for almost everything. We can’t just be wearing dirty clothes or be smelling very repetitive everyday. If we also don’t take showers, we can receive illnesses and become really
The farmers need water for their crops and I don’t think that they want to grow less crops, also the people that don’t get a lot of water or anyone that does should get the water.
California has just come out of it’s 5th year of drought. In the last 5 years California has had record high temperatures and record low rain and snow. Even though they say the drought is over our groundwater levels are still down because of overpumping. Overpumping has been happening for 50 to 70 years. To me that is a really long time to overuse our water. Groundwater pumping is taking water from the ground. Most of the people using groundwater are farmers so their crops can grow in dry conditions (drought). Groundwater pumping is taking away from future water reserves which is the water we have to use during a drought. If we keep pumping groundwater out of the ground and don’t put it back in to replace it then it is a very bad use of a very valuable resource. California is lucky that state lawmakers are now beginning to try and regulate how groundwater is monitored and managed. The point of doing this is to try to find a better way to use our valuable resource.Fresh water is one of the basic needs of all living things.California needs to limit the amount of groundwater used by recycling wastewater and
Should California regulate groundwater? In my opinion, I think that farmers shouldn’t be able to get water from underground because other farmers are sucking up all the underground water. I had read an article that was talking about if they should let farmers be able to get water from underground. The article’s that I have read was that they think they shouldn’t because farmers would get gallons of water from underground. The state should regulate groundwater.
How much water do you use on a daily basis? Well, these people are tired of farmers using up all the water because of the fact that when they run out of water, they are unable to take showers and/or use the bathroom. Farmers say that they need way more water to grow the food on their farms. It is obvious to the common person that they should have regulations on water.
Why do they want to regulate water ? We are having a drought in California because there are farmers that are taking a lot more water.I think they shouldn't limit water because it is making living a lot harder in other cities.Consequently,”When it first went dry, we used to drive to my daughter’s house in Visalia about 45 minutes away to have a shower”Source 2. Quotes an East Porterville Man. It was a big transition from having enormous amounts of water to not even being able to take a shower or wash yourself.It’s officially getting crazy.Ordinarily, “We go and we go, but it just seems like we can’t go fast enough”,Source 3, a drill worker speaks. It Explains we need laws because it shows that they are tired of being in this severe drought
From my point of view, our world needs to use the groundwater for something useful for citizens in the world. However, a very beneficial way to use the groundwater would be allowing the citizens to pull up as much groundwater they desire to cook food, and for their hygiene. Without the proper hygiene, such as brushing your teeth, or showering can result in horrible health issues.
Groundwater is a primary source of water for farmers and many citizens in california.But it causes ground sinkage and creates a risk for sinkholes. Groundwater is needed, but it does need at least some sort of restriction or regulation because people pump as much as they want with no restraint. Pumping and drilling groundwater causes major safety problems for the state of california. One of the consequences for drilling wells is that the ground can sink, which may lead to many more sinkholes in california. These are the main reasons groundwater and well drilling should be regulated in the state california.
“Would you be able to go a few weeks without taking a shower?”, “Is having food and being able to eat more important than being able to brush your teeth, take showers, use the bathroom, what would you do”? There is a severe drought in California and the farmers are in need of water to produce crops, and the town needs water to do their everyday routine of brushing their teeth, taking a shower, going to the bathroom, washing dishes.. eEtc. I think the government should regulate the use of groundwater in the state of California.