I recent Wall Street Journal article outlined where growth is likely to be coming. Of no surprise, Arizona, Las Vegas, Central Valley, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Albuquerque, Boise, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Raleigh, Atlanta, and the Washington DC area. Only one of those areas is has water much water availability. It means that all of these communities are in areas that are water limited. We already know that Texas, Las Vegas and Arizona have lots of water problems. Most of these areas have had issues in the past as well, and will have more in the future.
Low growth areas: Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Omaha, and a variety of areas with plenty of water, but old infrastructure and limited funding. So the big questions is how do we redirect development to areas with plenty of water as opposed to allowing development in areas where we know that there will be serious water supply consequences in the future? It’s a leadership issue, but local officials and states are so in need to the growth we have discussed in prior blogs, that the long-term realities of water supply limits overrides the short term need to show growth in the communities to delay tax increases, water increases and the like. But is delays the inevitable, with potentially serious future impacts.