Not just oil: US hit peak water in 1970 and nobody noticed

Posted by Sustainable OKC | Posted in Conservation, Rainwater harvesting, Shauna Lawyer Struby, Sustainability, Water | Posted on 25-05-2010


"The concept of peak oil, where the inaccessibility of remaining deposits ensures that extraction rates start an irreversible decline, has been the subject of regular debate for decades. Although that argument still hasn't been settled—estimates range from the peak already having passed us to its arrival being 30 years in the future—having a better sense of when we're likely to hit it could prove invaluable when it comes to planning our energy economy. The general concept of peaking has also been valuable, as it applies to just about any finite resource. A new analysis suggests that it may be valuable to consider applying it to a renewable resource as well: the planet's water supply."

By John Timmer via

We can probably all agree we take clean, bountiful water for granted. Don't know if anyone saw this, but last week read that Oklahoma City is aiming to bring water from Sardis Lake in southeast Oklahoma, although the Choctaw Tribe and surrounding community are protesting this possibility. Our mayor says we need to set in place water sources now or we won't have enough in 20 years given the current growth rate of the city. So .. wouldn't it be wise for us to put in place a comprehensive water conservation and rainwater harvesting program for Oklahoma City now rather than later?

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