When New Building Dries Up Resources


Here you have your typical suburban development in Effingham County outside of Savannah, Georgia. It doesn't look much like Savannah, one of the most beautiful cities I have seen which was rather denser than this, and those lawns need a fair bit of water. And unfortunately, there isn't enough in the formerly vast Upper Floridian Aquifer; if you suck the fresh water out it sucks saltwater in to replace it. According to the New York Times, "Maybe not in one year or two," said Steve Liotta, an Effingham County engineer, "but in 5, 10 or 15 years, wells in cities served by the Upper Floridan aquifer would increasingly become contaminated with saltwater."

Now they are piping water in from Savanna and have banned new wells. Where people used to pay $30 a month for water they are now paying $ 300. "It can be very hard on a family's budget." But the community has no plans to cut back on residential or commercial growth and is "now trying to play catch-up to solve the problems." How? ::New York Times