Due to excess pumping from industry and agriculture, a serious depletion of ground water sources is happening over much of the world (the US, India, southern Europe,).
A new study reveals American aquifers will be the first to go (California’s Central Valley, Tulare Basin, and southern San Joaquin Valley as early as the 2030s). Next comes India in the Upper Ganges Basin (expected to be depleted between 2040 and 2060). Finally, between 2050-2070s, scientists say aquifers supplying groundwater to Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico could also run dry.
Inge de Graaf, a hydrologist from the Colorado School of Mines, presented his findings at the 2016 American Geophysical Union Meeting last fall. Other similar studies using satellite-data, further reveal how some of the largest US aquifers are nearing empty and that the most heavily irrigated regions, located in dry climates, remain most at risk.
Precise dates are unavailable, however, research is urgently pointing to a need for this issue to be addressed and for the creation of the ‘innovative’ technology required to avert disaster. Watch this space!