The Ogallala Aquifer is the biggest aquifer in North America. It spans from Texas to North Dakota. It is 10 million years old. Right now, we are using the water stores from this aquifer so fast that in a few decades, all the water will be gone.
Stretching from Western Texas to South Dakota, the Ogallala Aquifer is the largest aquifer in North America (it’s also one of the largest aquifers in the world). It covers 174,000 square miles and contains more than three billion acre-feet of water. According to Mesa Water Incorporated, the Ogallala water located beneath the four-county area of Roberts, Hemphill, Lipscomb, and Ochiltree has an annual recharge of 80,000 acre-feet. In addition to this recharge, the local topography of the four-county area includes rolling hills, mesas, and canyons — an unsuitable situation for irrigation. The combination of such a plentiful surplus of water and reduced irrigation activity means that this water source is “terrorist-resistant and drought-proof” (Mesawater.com).
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