Source: USA TODAY
“Groundwater pumping also can draw away water that would otherwise flow in rivers and streams. In a separate study, scientists found that groundwater pumping has caused the flow in U.S. rivers to decline by as much as half over the past century.”
Ian James USA TODAY
But exactly how much that has been occurring on a nationwide scale wasn’t clear until water experts compiled nearly 12 million well-drilling records from state and local agencies across the country. In a newly published study, researchers found that Americans in many areas from coast to coast are drilling deeper for groundwater.
The researchers said the widespread approach of drilling deeper wells is an “unsustainable stopgap” measure, putting some communities on a path toward exhausting their water supplies and coping with dry wells.