Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ground Water and Public Policy

I found this interesting video describing some of the problems facing Texas when it comes to water supplies. They have problems with high demand, low supply, and contamination. I think this is an issue that is really going to evolve into a major problem if action is not taken to prevent it. I had also read an article a while back about Colorado and Utah dealing with similar problems. The increasing populations in these areas has lead to diminishing water supplies. At this point I think the best option is water conservation and preventing contamination. It says in the video they can work on increasing supplies by pumping in water from other areas, but I don't think this is a viable solution. The demand is going to continue to increase across the country so taking it from somewhere else is not going to be an option forever. The video mentions great results that were reached in San Antonio with water conservation laws that led to the drop in overall consumption. I think that is the best approach for now while we try to figure out ways to increase supplies in the long run.

1 comment:

  1. The nonpoint source pollution problem has been handled in a way that is very different to point source. Instead of direct regulation, governments (both state and federal) have relied on using subsidies and incentives to encourage better practices. Maybe it is time to consider what direct regulation may look like with nonpoint source pollution. Can you figure out what some of the bigger obstacles would be?