A Precious Commodity?


Dew drops cling to the petals of a rose. A sprinkler spreads water slowly, back and forth across the lawn, even as the not-so-far-away lakes continue to dry. I tell myself that keeping the yard green with well water is a necessity due to the threat of wildfires during the heat of the summer. There isn't much one can do about grass dying in the winter, but in the spring and summer you do what you can to keep plants alive when you live this far out in the country as they help protect the home.

I have no idea what the water table looks like far in the ground, beneath my feet. Am I contributing to the problem? I think to myself the two water wells that are on the ranch won't drain that much. It isn’t like I am irrigating large fields. But what if millions of people are thinking the same way? What kind of impact are we having on the water supply? As lakes/reservoirs serving cities continue to drop and the heat continues with little rain I wonder, "How long will it be before the laws are changed and all ground water is regulated?”

I've seen the surrounding counties (including ours) forming cooperatives in order to protect rural water rights. But I have also read about what happens when big business steps into the picture in rural areas and the few in control of regulating the co-op water get big dollar signs in their eyes. Thankfully, I've only ever read of one account like that, thus far.

It is a good time to be in the water well drilling business. I suspect if things don't change (as scientists are claiming the climate will only get worse), water will become a more precious commodity than we civilized people today take notice of. Wichita Falls, Texas, already knows this.

I would be curious to see pictures of what lake/reservoir levels look like around the United States. In Texas, as more and more businesses and employees relocate here, I suspect water will become as precious as oil to those that sell it, even if average rains do fall in coming years.