How long is your water supply chain? Do you have an artesian well that bubbles up to greet you each day? That’s about the shortest your water supply chain can get. You don’t even have to use electricity to pump it out of the ground.
Perhaps you have a deep well with lots of water, but you still need to use electricity to pump it out of the ground. That’s a problem when the lights go out.
What about city water? That works as long as the system is kept in good repair.
But is your water trucked in from far away in tankers from a dwindling river? That’s where many Arizonans find themselves today as they face a terrible drought. France 24 reports:
With its cactus-filled garden and breathtaking views of the rocky peaks of the Arizona desert, Wendy and Vance Walker’s home in the Rio Verde Foothills seemed to be a little slice of paradise.
The neighboring city of Scottsdale decided it could no longer afford to sell its dwindling supply from the Colorado River, as a decades-long drought bites the American West.
For three months, the couple have eaten from disposable paper plates, had lightning-quick showers only every few days and collected rainwater to flush their toilets.
“A lot of people don’t take the drought seriously,” said Wendy, as she stood in the kitchen of their $600,000 home.
“And we, even though we live in the desert, we really didn’t take it seriously either.
“Until you have to.”
Homes in fast-growing Rio Verde Foothills have never had running water — there are no mains pipes — so the 500 households without access to their own wells bought tankerloads from Scottsdale.
Most of that city’s supply comes from the Colorado River, a mighty watercourse that rises in the Rocky Mountains and winds 1,450 miles (2,300 kilometers) through seven US states and Mexico, providing a lifeline for 40 million people.
But what was one of the world’s great rivers has now shrunk.
Now, residents are running out of water and trying to find new supplies. No one wants to rely on a water supply chain that long.
Action Line: Don’t find yourself suffering from a lack of water. Do what it takes to keep your family’s water supply secure, whether you live in Arizona or Washington. If you need help, download my free special report Emergency Water Storage: How Much, Containers, Purification & More. If you’re looking to save your rainwater, download my supplemental report WATER SECURITY: How to Save Rainwater Effectively. Get started today.
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