Water for the Future

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Water Resources and Water Shortages

Water, natural resource that is basic to life itself, is becoming a more and more precious commodity in the United States. Assurance of adequate supplies for the present and the future is a pressing problem for government officials, industry executives, planners, and plain citizens. Water supplies remain fairly constant—as a result of nature's replenishment—but water requirements are rising sharply. Growth of population and expansion of industry make it imperative that the usable supply be increased.

The report of a Cabinet Committee on Water Resources Policy, intended to provide the background for presidential recommendations on water legislation, is currently awaited at the White House. President Eisenhower, in his State of the Union message last Jan. 6, noted “great need” for a “nation-wide ...

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