New study: Nukes, fossil fuel plants will cause world-wide water shortage by 2040 | robertsingleton

The amount of water used for power generation in the United States is staggering:

Thermal power plants in the US used as much water as farms did in 2005, and more than four times as much as all US residents….

In 2008, power plants in the US withdrew 60 to 170 billion gallons of freshwater every day from rivers, lakes, streams and aquifers, while using 2.8 to 5.9 billion gallons.

The difference, 57.2 to 164.1 billion gallons per day, is the amount of water lost to evaporation in the cooling process.

via New study: Nukes, fossil fuel plants will cause world-wide water shortage by 2040 | robertsingleton.

Advertisements

Tagged: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: