In the Field: Prehistoric Water Runs Deep
By: John Davis
John Davis examines the efforts of one researcher hoping to save the future of our water by digging into our past.
Venki Uddameri, director of the Water Resources Center in the Whitacre College of Engineering, looks for ways to conserve our water supply by using prehistoric water from sources below the Ogallala Aquifer.
The Ogallala Aquifer stretches beneath eight states and serves as the source of water for millions of people living up and down the Great Plains. Unfortunately, people are consuming water faster than it can be replenished. The Dockum Aquifer sits deeper than the Ogallala and consists of brackish water. However, Uddameri believes that the Dockum water can be treated and used to offset some water usage from the Ogallala.
Watch how Uddameri and his team of graduate students take on this vital endeavor.