You’ve probably heard of peak oil. Basically peak oil looks like a bell curve and predicts declining oil production over time. As consumption outstrips the discovery of new reserves and the depletion of existing reserves, our oil resource will be consumed until it’s gone – and sooner than you would like to believe.
The same thing is going on right now, in this country, with water. We are already getting desperate for clean, drinkable water in our great nation. Folks out west are already used to constant restrictions and surcharges for water use. The days of the big green lawn are history in those parts.
And traditionally wet places like Georgia and the Southeast have seen drought conditions in recent years. We’re facing a water crisis like nothing we’ve ever seen. A recent study showed that worldwide 1.8 billion people will deal with water scarcity by the year 2025. And 1.5 billion more people will deal with poorly sanitized or just plain dirty water. Don’t kid of yourself, millions of those people will be right here in this country.
Even before scarcity and depletion occur, you can bet the cost of water is going to skyrocket. Paying $3 for a bottle of water is going to be a pleasant but distant memory. We may see oil-like prices for water before you know it. And that’s before the government starts rationing water and reserving water sources for things like military operations, industry, and oil extraction (which is one of the most water intensive activities out there, ironically enough).
That’s why its necessary for you to take control of your water source just like you should take control of your energy source. You had better know how to capture, treat, and store water if you’re going to be prepared for the coming water crisis.
And don’t think you won’t be affected if you live in an area of high rainfall or city water. Our water infrastructure is built on a foundation of quicksand and natural disaster, terrorist attack, or prolonged drought could bring the whole system to its knees.
That might mean a water well on your property, or rain capture system, or storing surface water. Either way, it’s a good idea to think about taking your water source ‘off the grid’ just like you’ve done with everything else and figure out how you are going to ensure your family’s future.
Whatever you do, get a plan together, and start putting in action. I guarantee you will never regret having a clean, private source of our most important natural resource.