The water crisis in California continues to get worse and worse. Water is likely the most critical and often overlooked prep. The following was originally published HERE over at the Wolf-Fire Firearms Instruction blog.
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by Dave Wolf
As you read the news reports from all over the globe, it’s easy to see the bad news pouring in. There are reports of Jihadist Terrorist, Ebola Virus outbreaks, Measles spreading, influx of Illegal Aliens and the Economy is still failing in many parts of the world; but one devastating issue that will be arriving which will decimate whole countries and populations is basically being ignored. I for one did not realize just how serious this issue had become until I conducted a little research on my own. Never trust your government when they tell you that everything is OK.
This one issue will cause massive litigation and deadly wars in the very near future. This crisis is the simple fact the supply of potable water is becoming very scarce at an alarming rate. The massive and expensive litigation regarding Water Rights, Usage Permits, and Re-Distributions have already begun in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Colorado, and other states. With the massive influx of new people, both legal and illegal, there simply is not enough water for everyone, every farm, and every head of cattle. Some farmers who have had a long standing agreement with municipalities for water have found themselves cut off from water that once flowed from the Colorado River. The city and county managers have simply chosen to ignore their formal, legal and binding agreements and diverted the scarce amount of water to the residents of their elected areas. With these choices, farmers are unable to grow the normal amount of crops; the ranchers are unable to raise cattle which they were able to do in years past. Thus, these choices have a negative impact on the American people in the form of much higher prices across the board for produce and meat prices.
As bad as this increase in prices are, it’s nothing compared to the prospect of clean water supplies running out for personal consumption. Many local lawmakers have already issued bans on using water for lawns, washing cars, and other outdoor activities. The local and state government’s next step is to begin rationing the supply of water to residents and businesses. In line with this, several states, such as Oregon has established laws which state rain-water is community property and thus illegal to utilize any method of gathering water or snow runoff for personal use of any kind, including watering livestock or gardens. Imagine, if you have any open container which happens to catch rainfall in your yard, purposefully or not, you will be fined for gathering what falls out of the sky.
The US is not alone in the coming water crisis. Brazilian residents have begun storing water inside their homes in anticipation of the Federal Government beginning rationing water which could leave their taps dry for 5 days per week. The Government is looking at these drastic steps as the water reservoir for Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, is only at 6% of capacity. The rationing is expected to last throughout the intense hot summer months until the rainy season arrives again, sometime in October.
In recent years, I have visited several countries in the Europe and Middle East; they too are experiencing the same types of water shortages. Some of which are the result of infrastructure failure due to war or collapse of the governments. But the bottom line is water is not available to residents on a regular basis. In one country I visited, the local residents receive water for 1 to 2 hours every third or fourth day. To their credit, the local lawmakers have not set themselves up to receive more water than the average citizen. Everyone is equal in this plight.
For those who are reliant on local municipalities for potable water supply and waste water service, this will have a direct impact on your family. It is anticipated that most local governments across the US are exploring ways to reduce water consumption. This will range from banning outside watering, including gardens, to significantly raising water usage fees, to shutting off the flow of water to entire neighborhoods and developments on a rotating basis.
Those with water wells will not be immune from this crisis either. Yes, you will have as much water as you can pump from your well, but with the water source buried, sometimes hundreds of feet underground, you will be unable to see or determine if your supply is running low due to the decreased rainfall in your area. When your water source dries up, most people’s only recourse may be to have a new well drilled, at a very hefty and unexpected cost of several thousands of dollars, or to hook up to the local municipal water source at a very high cost, sometimes as high as $50,000, depending on the local fees.
I’m not here to provide the answer to this world-wide problem, merely to bring this looming crisis to light and to promote each of you to consider what your options are or could be. My thoughts are if entire countries are not able to sustain water requirements through rainfall, do you think you will be capable of providing enough water for your family using the same methods? Will you be capable of storing enough water for an extended period of time during a drought? How long will your swimming pool water supply the entire community with clean potable water? Each of these methods will help, but they will not be able to furnish everyone with the number one substance required to sustain life. In our time of excess and plentiful water, take the required time to determine what to do when the spigot runs dry and little Johnny or little Janey looks at you and ask for something to drink.
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