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When U.S. water scarcity comes up, the catastrophic drought conditions in the West and the dwindling Colorado River basin may spring to mind first. Yet some 31 miles southwest of Chicago’s Lake Michigan shore, the city of Joliet, Illinois, is sprinting to build a brand new system to tap the biggest freshwater source on earth by 2030.
That is when the area’s deep sandstone aquifers will be so depleted that Joliet’s wells will not effectively be able to bring water to the city of more than 147,000. Groundwater scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey first predicted this in 2015 using updated modeling techniques.