WATER: Dallas struggles to secure adequate resources (Wednesday, July 15, 2009)
Cities surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth area have resisted efforts to share their water supplies.
“It’s an environmental equity issue,” said David Feldman, chairman of the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at University of California, Irvine. “Before they give up their water, they want to make sure that the city isn’t being wasteful.”
Dallas officials are looking for alternatives after their efforts to purchase water from Oklahoma were rebuffed. Water planners dispute charges that a more conservation-minded approach would cover the area’s growing water needs.
“Conservation will not provide the water supply that is needed,” said Jim Parks, chairman of the regional water planning group. “It is impossible.”
Meanwhile, the North Texas water district recently filed a lawsuit claiming it has the right to buy billions of gallons of water in Oklahoma (Ana Campoy, Wall Street Journal [subscription required], July 15). — JK
Everyone should conserve water but asking citizens to not flush and restricting their water usage seems futile while Big Gas wastes trillions of gallons of water every year. Citizens need to push industry toward recycling.
If you think a war for oil was bad, wait till you see the water wars.