The Dam River Basin : A Dangerous Solution For The Water Crisis

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The use of groundwater is depended on in Palm Springs California and many other places, however it is depleting water that is impossible to replace, so it is a dangerous solution for the water crisis. “A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources” (Northon, 2014). Since underground aquifers are regulated by individual states, it is not very well documented. This issue can be helped by the use of satellites. These satellites measure gravity regionally, which reveals how much a region’s water storage changes over time. According to satellite GRACE, the Colorado River supplies enough…show more content…
Groundwater is an excellent source of drinking water, however it can be very damaging if overused or not managed properly. According to “A new report in Science from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at U.C. San Diego found that the massive loss of groundwater associated with the drought has caused a tectonic "uplift" of more than half an inch in California 's mountains, with an average 0.15 of an inch across the West”(Bliss, 2014). We cannot rely on groundwater because it is our last source left when there is no precipitation; therefore water treatment is a superior option to using less underground water because it has long- term benefits that will help sustain water flow for many years. The last resort to fixing the water crisis is desalination. “For agriculture, desalination is so far out of the range of cost that no one really even thinks about it. But over time, we will see more and more desalination in those places with no other options, as we see in many Middle East and Gulf state countries," (Gleick, 2015). Desalination is a process that removes salt and minerals from saline water. The most popular methods used in desalination are multi-stage flash distillation, which uses heat to evaporate water, leaving the salt behind, and which accounted for 84% of desalination in 2004; and reverse osmosis desalination, which is less energy intensive but still requires a great deal of energy to pump water through filtration membranes. Forward

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