Water Needs and Resources

Archive Report

Prospective National Water Shorage

A water supply problem, growing steadily more serious as the country's population and activities expand, has engaged the attention during the past dozen years of four presidential commissions, a committee of cabinet members, and a number of committees of Congress. Now, a special Senate Committee on National Water Resources is about to open two months of hearings in 17 states.1 The committee was created last spring to make a new and exhaustive inquiry into national water requirements and resources as a basis for legislation looking to avoidance of critical shortages in the future. Concern over water supply has led also to increases in federal appropriations for projects to develop a feasible method of taking the salt out of water from the ...

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