Buying water worth $190,000! This is what the oil-and-gas town of 6,000, Ulysses is looking into in recent times. The vast underground pool that feeds faucets across the Great Plains, the Ogallala aquifer, is running low. This has forced farmers and towns to hunt for other sources of water and perhaps pay heavily for it, too!
Irrigating one-third of the nation’s corn crops and providing drinking water to Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming, the Ogallala aquifer is the world’s largest underground water system. It contains enough water to cover the entire United States to a depth of 1 1/2 feet.