I am made of two of the three most common elements in the universe and yet I threaten all of life.
I am water, formerly living water. Sentient and for all, I speak to few.
Wars shall be fought over me.
In the U.S., more than the equivalent of 2/3 of Lake Erie have been permanently drained from my Ogallala Aquifer which spreads across more than 100,000 square miles underneath the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota and from which I irrigate more than 15 million acres of crops annually
In less than 12 years, I shall flee from Lake Mead. In less then four years, my water levels will be so low that the mighty turbines that power the Hoover Dam to deliver electricity to Nevada, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the state of Arizona, the city of Los Angeles and Southern California Edison will shut down.
Las Vegas drills tunnels beneath the desert to siphon my remains.
Fifty miles from the sea, 1.5 miles south of the Mexican border, my Colorado River, the sole source of water for southeastern California’s Imperial Valley, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the U.S., evaporates into a scum of phosphates and discarded water bottles.
In 2013, 40% of the global population has little to no access to drink me. In less than 12 years, that number shall rise to 50%.
I am water, the living water and I speak to few.
~ Stephen J. Bergstrom