Sunday, October 28, 2007

Higher Urban Density and Environmental Conservation Have Their Benefits for Our Water Supply

Check out this MSNBC report on the national shrinking water supply due to several factors including outbound sprawl around cities and rising global temperatures. The suburbs and the exurbs promote higher urbanization at wider distances, which eats up permeable land and water sources. Global warming increases evaporation and causes glacial melts and rising seas, which contaminate fresh water sources. In 2000, Tennessee stood among the largest consumers of water, which put them in a group of states--including New York and Illinois--withdrawing a staggering 10,001 to 20,000 million gallons of water per day.

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