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It's not just that farming is sucking the land dry, but industrialization will compete for ground water, and, depending on the application, argue that those needs are a 'higher' use requiring cleaner water.
Most of my experience with such matters comes from my time in Savannah Georgia where a 'cone of depression' is continually growing under the city and surrounding area, necessitating re-drilling wells to greater depths in the hundreds of feet where once artesian wells were common.
Paper, chemicals, agriculture and human consumption were all competing for the same diminishing resource, even while the Chamber of Commerce did all it could to increase the population and promulgate industrial uses of an aquifer that took perhaps a hundred years or more to recharge.
The alternative source of water is the Savannah River, loaded with DDT from old tobacco farms and always at risk from upstream nuclear activities.
What could go wrong?
by Andhakari on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 07:41:40 AM EST

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