US May Declare Water Shortage for the First Time Soon

On a planet that’s mostly water, and in a timeline where water filters exist, we are going to run out of water to drink.

Because of global warming.

San Francisco Chronicle:

The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government’s first-ever official shortage declaration and prompt cuts in Arizona and Nevada.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released 24-month projections this week forecasting that less Colorado River water will cascade down from the Rocky Mountains through Lake Powell and Lake Mead and into the arid deserts of the U.S. Southwest and the Gulf of California. Water levels in the two lakes are expected to plummet low enough for the agency to declare an official shortage for the first time, threatening the supply of Colorado River water that growing cities and farms rely on.

It comes as climate change means less snowpack flows into the river and its tributaries, and hotter temperatures parch soil and cause more river water to evaporate as it streams through the drought-plagued American West.

I guess we’ve got more important things to care about than clean drinking water.

Like transsexuals. And immigrants.

But in a world where you didn’t have other priorities, there wouldn’t be water shortages.

Can reverse osmosis remove salt from saltwater? Yes.