OUR WATER PROBLEM

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"Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all." -Ban Ki-moon

PROBLEM

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"When a team takes ownership of its problems, the problem gets solved. It is true on the battlefield, it is true in business, and it is true in life."-Jocko Willink

SOLVING

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"Working together on solving something requires a high level of humility and a high level of self-awareness."-Paul Polman 

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💣 What Is The Problem? 👀

"THE LAST DROP" 0915.2035

 "Everybody remembers September 15, 2035. Just as they can tell you where they were on September 11, 2001, they can recall what they were doing 34 years later on the day that Dallas and Fort Worth ran out of water. It came at the end of a brutal five-year drought. The population had been multiplying like bacteria, residents had done little to conserve their water, and municipal governments had not spent nearly enough money on building new pipelines and reservoirs. Finally, on September 15, a Saturday, the big water suppliers announced that they were shutting down the pipelines. That was the day nothing came out of the faucet. That was the day everything still living withered and died".


"But for anyone paying attention, the episode was terrifying: 1.6 million people had come within a meteorological whisker of a catastrophic water shortage. And the drought of 2005—2006 was not even a particularly bad one. It was nowhere near as severe as the seven-year drought of the fifties, during which Dallas had to build an emergency pipeline to the Red River. That fix worked, but only because the population of Dallas proper was just 600,000 or so. Today it’s 1.2 million".

"The simple fact is that Region C—which includes Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, and eleven other counties—is getting too big for its water supplies: Ever-increasing numbers of people and businesses are straining resources built to accommodate a much smaller crowd. Unlike the Panhandle and the Llano Estacado, which sit on top of North America’s largest aquifer, the Ogallala, Region C relies almost entirely on surface water; unlike rainy East Texas, its reserves of that commodity are quite limited. This makes Region C uniquely vulnerable to drought. The water contained in the twelve reservoirs that serve Dallas and Fort Worth is completely inadequate to meet future need. The state’s official projections for the water shortfall over the next fifty years are nothing less than astonishing”..

 

(GRAYSON COUNTY, TX IS PART OF REGION C)  


"Of all these, though, the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth face the worst dilemma, a sort of perfect storm of failing supply and skyrocketing demand, made palpably real by the recent drought. This area is going to need a colossal amount of water in the future. By 2035 it will have exhausted all its existing supplies. Where will it get the water it needs?"


"Among the fifty states, Texas may rank near the bottom in many categories—including environmental protection (forty-fifth), quality of parks and recreation (forty-ninth), and availability of mental health care (forty-sixth)—but there is one area of public policy where it ranks indisputably first: water planning. No other state knows with such precision how much water it has and how much it will have in the future. Every five years the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the state’s lead water planning and financing agency, produces a prodigious work of hydrologic scholarship known as the State Water Plan. Divvying up the state into sixteen regions, the plan presents precisely articulated data on current and future supply and demand in each region and strategies for dealing with shortfalls". 


 by  S.C. Gwynne  from  TexasMonthly.com


https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-last-drop/

  


 All of the paragraphs quoted to the left were taken from a Texas Monthly article from February 2008 entitled "The Last Drop". They encapsulate the dilemma we are currently facing in our area of Texas known as Region C by the Texas Water Development Board. 

The Texas Monthly article in its entirety can be read by clicking the button below:

READ ENTIRE TEXAS MONTLY ARTICLE

Value of Water, Our Most Precious Resource

Our Water Problem Most Simplified

POPULATION INCREASE VS. WATER SUPPLY DECREASE

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Our Water Problem stated in the most simple of terms possible is this: the population in our state continues to increase with time while our finite water supply remains the same at best, and actually worst that it is projected to decrease over time.


Image from 2017 TWDB State Water Plan 

downloadable and found at:

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/swp/2017/index.asp

GO TO TWDB 2017 State Water Plan

Facing Our Water Reality

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INFORMATION TAKEN FROM 2017 STATE WATER PLAN 'QUICK FACTS'

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All Info & Images Used Here From 2017 TWDB State Water Plan 

downloadable and found at:

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/swp/2017/index.asp

GO TO 2017 State Water Plan

OUR CHILDREN

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"The cost of our success is the exhaustion of natural resources, leading to energy crises, climate change, pollution, and the destruction of our habitat. If you exhaust natural resources, there will be nothing left for your children. If we continue in the same direction, humankind is headed for some frightful ordeals, if not extinction." -Christian de Duve

THE FUTURE

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"In raising children, we need to continuously keep in mind how we can best create the most favorable environment for their imitative behavior. Everything done in the past regarding imitation must become more and more conscious and more and more consciously connected with the future." 

-Rudolf Steiner

More Local Articles About Our Water Problem

FROM GREENSOURCEDFW.ORG

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"As water leaves the state and residents continue to flood the North Texas region, a grim picture is painted for the future of water supply. However, state organizations and leaders are working to conserve this precious and natural resource. At least four cities in the North Texas region – Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving – have instituted a twice weekly watering schedule for residents. To see a list of North Texas cities and current water programs, visit the Save North Texas Water website.

By 2060, reports estimate the population will have grown to more than 13 million, and that water demands in the area will have increased 86 percent. The North Texas Council reports that twice weekly watering will extend water supply by 10 years, even as the population of North Texas grows by 3 million over the next 20 years. The State Water Plan, created by The Texas Water Development Board, recommends that North Texas take multiple precautions, including building four additional reservoirs to accommodate for population and water projections. All the recommendations for 16 North Texas counties would cost taxpayers $21.5 billion, $7 billion of which would fund the reservoirs."

GO TO ARTICLE AT GREENSOURCEDFW.ORG

Voices of Water Reason



"No Water. No Life. No Blue. No Green."

Sylvia Earle



 THINK, You Can’t do anything without water. Save it.



“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” - Gandhi 

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"Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes - one for peace and one for science."

-John F. Kennedy

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"Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land."

-Luna Leopold

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THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU REALIZE THINGS JUST GOT TOO...ERRR...HAVE BEEN WAY TOO REAL NOW FOR TOO LONG...

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FROM NBCDFW.COM

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"About 1,000 people arrive in Texas each day, drawn by jobs, newly built homes and other opportunities. But in a state where prolonged drought is a regular occurrence, officials are struggling to ensure they can sate everyone's thirst.

Water experts are trying to determine how "resilient" the state's water infrastructure is in keeping safe drinking water flowing through the taps. There are indications that the system is more fragile than once thought: After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, more than 200 public water systems shut down or warned customers to boil their tap water. Months later, 3,700 Texans still lacked access to safe drinking water. Before that storm, 30 towns in 2013 were within six months of running out of water as a drought continued to grip the state.

"The state is growing so fast that we're constantly playing catch-up when it comes to building resilient water supplies," said Robert Mace, executive director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. "The question is: When the bad times come will there be enough water for everybody?"

GO TO ARTICLE AT NBCDFW.COM

The Damage To Our State Economy From Our Water Problem

Statewide Annual Socioeconomic Impacts From Not Meeting Water Needs

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Image from TWDB 2017 State Water Plan and can be found at

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/swp/2017/index.asp

GO TO 2017 State Water Plan

Socioeconomic Impact On Jobs In Grayson County, Texas

THE PROJECTED JOB LOSS BURDEN OF NOT MEETING WATER NEEDS FOR GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS: 2020 (-) THROUGH 2070 (19,618)

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The image above is from TWDB charts found at:

https://2017.texasstatewaterplan.org/county/Grayson


ACCORDING TO SEDCO GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS HAS 63,159 TOTAL JOBS AS OF 2019

info from Sherman Economic Development Corporation and can be found at:

https://sedco.org/labor/


SO THIS MEANS BY 2070 ALMOST ONE-THIRD (1/3) OF JOBS EXISTING TODAY WILL BE LOST BY GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS WORKERS

A GREENER ECONOMY

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"I'm really interested in how you create a whole new economy of recycling. It's literally the 'underground economy.' All this stuff that on the surface creates growth and profit, ends up with waste, junk, and CO2. So how do you make it economic to bring new players into the ball game?"

-Peter Senge

WORKING COLLABORATIVELY

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"Collaboration is important not just because it's a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy." -Don Tapscott

Socioeconomic Impact On Income In Grayson County, Texas

THE PROJECTED INCOME LOSS BURDEN OF NOT MEETING WATER NEEDS FOR GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS: 2020 (-) THROUGH 2070 (1,729M)

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The image above is from TWDB charts found at:

 https://2017.texasstatewaterplan.org/county/Grayson


This is the economic situation and it becomes more disabling to Grayson County, Texas citizens and their communities with time. This will be what happens if increasing water needs are not controlled through the appropriate behaviors from the individuals in Grayson County, Texas. We are set to lose $150 MILLION in just over a decade from now, and by 2070 are losing 1.72 BILLION DOLLARS 

IN GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS ALONE!


Total Income for the county increases only slightly over time.

To put this income loss into focus:

By 2070 

THE 1.7B IN INCOME LOSS FROM OUR WATER PROBLEM IS ONE-THIRD (1/3) OF THE TOTAL GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS INCOME OF TODAY!

CAN YOU IMAGINE LOSING 1/3 OF YOUR INCOME?


There is no need to elaborate or analyze the numbers as they are obvious in their implications. 

The point is that potential economic losses due to a water supply that has escaped our control & continually fails to meet our needs will create an effect that will ripple through our county & all of Texas that cannot currently be imagined as it would actually occur in a near-future reality. 

Certainly this is a future anyone and everyone should wish to avoid.


YOU SHOULD BEGIN TOO SEE HOW FAILING TO MEET WATER DEMANDS BECOMES VERY EXPENSIVE THE LONGER OUR ACTIONS FAIL TO PRODUCE THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN OUR COMMUNITY AS IT PERTAINS TO OUR WATER


"Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster". 

--Elon Musk

Locally Our Water Problem Demands The Utmost Urgency!

THIS DATA REFERS TO GRAYSON COUNTY, TX AND SHOWS PROJECTED WATER NEEDS (POTENTIAL SHORTAGES) INCREASING OVERALL WITH TIME: 2020 (not so much) THROUGH 2070 (is so much)

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The images above and below were compiled from TWDB charts found at:

https://2017.texasstatewaterplan.org/county/Grayson


The data in the image above (needs/potential shortages) shows how water need municipally increase significantly with time. To account for the increased need without harm means we must execute some planned strategy as an entire cohesive community. This means we must all come to know WHAT the strategy is and HOW to act accordingly to achieve its goal of avoiding certain shortages certain to cause additional struggle & suffering for the people and families in North Texas. This why clear, simple, & critical understanding of the facts of Our Water Data are crucial to the planning of an accurate and achievable water strategy.


T H I S  I S  R E A L L Y  I M P O R T A N T  T O  K N O W  S T U F F !


The good thing is that this type of data has been taken in our state by the Texas Water Development Board, and has been continuously taken since 1957. More information will be viewed and put into better perspective in the next section entitled

Our Water Data.

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Not Solving Our Problem Has Certain Consequences

The Truth As Stated By The Texas Water Development Board

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Image from TWDB 2017 State Water Plan and can be found at

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/swp/2017/index.asp

GO TO 2017 STATE WATER PLAN

THE SAD TRUTH & WHY WE MUST ALL HELP EACH OTHER

THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS

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The REALITY of   


"Results of the TWDB analysis indicate that Texas businesses and employees could lose $73 billion in income in 2020 and more than $151 billion in 2070, with these impacts accumulating each consecutive year of a multi-year drought."   


Compared to the REALITY of


"The total capital costs of the recommended water management strategies in this plan is estimated at $63 billion, with projects anticipated to be completed at various times throughout the next 50 years"


The Texas State Biannual Budget is $250.7 Billion.


IS THE SAD TRUTH


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Both statements above from

2017 State Water Plan found at

https://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/swp/2017/doc/2016_RegionalSummary_C.pdf


We do have many other important issues that the budget must address, but no problem is more important to solve since nothing is more important than water is to sustaining human life.


SADLY,

The Solution To The Extensive Network Of Problems Described By TWDB Projections From Data That Result In Costing Us Countless Billions of Dollars That Are Actually Our Resources


WHEN TO JUST PAY FOR THE SOLUTION AND PROGRESS UNIMPEDED IS A MERE $63 BILLION DOLLARS!


To Avoid All Other Water Costs

Is really no price to pay at all.


Yet, we can not seem to be cohesive enough as a humanity to simply realize the opportunity to then pay the very small price of meeting our water needs.......

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"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."-Marie Curie

"There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands." 

-Plato

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