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Yes, 70% of Earth is covered with water. The doomsday preppers show mentioned that "experts" agree by 2025 (I think that was the date) there will be a water shortage. I thought, "This couldn't be right!" If you think about it, with all the oil spills, toxic waste dumped into our water systems, then yes, that can and will be true. Here is an example of how acid our water is becoming.

http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2012/0 ... ?hpt=hp_c2
 

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That is very scary. If the oceans are so contaminated, the the fish must be contaminated too.
We have serious drought problems here. Neighboring towns have been completely out of water in the summer and have had to bring water in on trucks.
Water is rationed in the summer. You can only water on certain days. Some towns only allow a certain amount and if you go over that amount you pay a heavy fine.
Water is like gold in Santa Fe. I have known people that had water leaks and had to pay $1200 to $3000 for a minor leak.
Many of the lakes are very low and there are some rivers that are dry.
 

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I read an article that a man in southwest (nevada?) got fined because he setup rain barrels for his car lot to wash his car with?!?!?!?!?
 

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We are already 7 inches below our average for the year. Just had our first rainfall this weekend since February, and April is supposed to be our rainiest month. Drought is all but certain.

One of the ways I am prepping is to install an aquaponics system inside a greenhouse (targetting next Spring -- I hope time doesn't run out). One of the many cool qualities of aquaponic farming is that you use less than 10% of the total water you would normally use with normal soil-based crops. The water is re-circulated in a closed loop ecosystem. Fish to eat, plus fruits and vegetables year-round. Throw in a few apple, pear and peach trees, and I'm hoping to supplement 80% of my family's food consumption needs.

I hope I don't fail. I'm putting what's left of my savings into this project.
 
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