Economics of Drought

74% of Texas Cotton Crop Abandoned, US Beef Cow Herd at Lowest Level Since 1962 Due to Drought

The Economics of Drought Has Extended Impact

In spite of recent winter storms, the 23-year megadrought has left the US Southwest at the driest level in 1,200 years based on tree-ring data. The economic and social impact of drought has a huge impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people. 74% of the 2022 Texas cotton crop was abandoned, nearly six million acres, due to drought, and the US beef cow herd was at its lowest level in 60 years due to parched grazing land and higher costs of feed. Impact of drought

In Argentina, the historic drought is expected to shrink the country’s GDP by three points in 2023, and exports of valuable crops are falling dramatically. Historic drought in Argentina

In Europe, some ski resorts in the Alps have been forced to close for lack of snow, and the canals of Venice, Italy have been running dry. And in January, researchers from Graz University of Technology in Austria warned that Europe’s drinking water supply has become “very precarious.” Europe sustained drought

In China, with the world’s largest hydropower industry, drought has an impact on electricity production disrupting major sources such as the Yangtze River’s power plant operations. In addition, “Hydropower has been earmarked as an essential pillar of China’s ambitions to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060,” according to Ma Jun, director of the Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. China energy challenge

Improved Planning and More Options Needed

It’s time to increase the number of options available to solve this problem. From water-smart appliances and agricultural tools at the delivery end, to utilizing the vast ocean of fresh water that exists right below our feet for additional supply.

One of the most intriguing solutions is to include the vast supplemental source of fresh water that is available right below our feet. The US National Groundwater Association estimates there is 6,000 years of global water supply in the upper two kilometers of the earth’s crust. It is now available economically and quickly through AquaterreX’s combination of space-based technology, geospatial data and patented instrumentation. We are proud to be helping solve the water crisis facing billions of people.

Deep Seated Water Should Be Added to the Mix Now

Deep Seated Water (DSW), is groundwater, typically sourced from deep aquifers that are located lower than shallow aquifers. Such deep aquifers are supplied not only from local catchment basins but also by subsurface inflows across basin boundaries. Deep Seated Water also encompasses water created at the mantle level of the Earth under extreme heat and pressure as confirmed by this report on mantle rain. Contamination does not occur in these deep water aquifers as modern pollution has not reached these deeper levels. And the best news is that this water is accessible and plentiful.

Deep Seated Water fits the environmental sustainability model as it would supply vast amounts of fresh water to regions while also allowing the existing sources to replenish. It is the “Missing Piece” that can solve the water crisis puzzle and help put farmers, ranchers, and cities at “cause” versus hoping for mother nature to bail us out with enough rain. The good news is, Deep Seated Water is a source that can supply the needs of the planet for thousands of years.

An example of huge new sources of fresh groundwater being discovered came within the last year in Texas. The newly named Maverick Basin Aquifer is known to be at least 3,000 square miles and averages 1,000 feet thick in most places. This comes years after Texas water experts concluded their deeper aquifers are brackish (salty) at best. Water tests on this new aquifer show it comes out of the ground already meeting or exceeding federal and state drinking water standards! Deep aquifer ( These discoveries fly in the face of the commonly accepted beliefs of most hydrogeology professionals.

We Can Solve the Drought Crisis Now

AquaterreX has been at the forefront of this effort, employing 21st-century technology to locate Deep Seated Water.

DSW Water Illustration Depiction of shallow and deeper aquifers

The Missing Piece to Solving Drought

Deep Seated Water is the Missing Piece that can solve the water crisis puzzle – contamination, drought, scarcity, hydropower – for states, cities, municipalities, agriculture, and industry. Many water strategies focus on conservation, rather than additional supply. Other solutions such as desalination and wastewater treatment are potential answers for some, but they also come with trade-offs such as high cost, high energy usage, long planning periods, and toxic waste. Deep Seated Water is located almost everywhere on the planet, and it can be added to the mix of solutions as a supplemental freshwater source that is not subject to contamination, is fast and easy to implement, and is economical and scalable. And, tapping Deep Seated Water allows both surface water and shallow aquifer sources to recharge, making the total system more environmentally sustainable. No more praying for praying for rain or praying for the end of it.

Missing Piece Fresh water Sources

About AquaterreX

AquaterreX ( is a global environmental services organization with a mission to broadly implement effective water and food security solutions. AquaterreX maintains offices in Florida, California, and Australia, and has representation in the United Arab Emirates. The name AquaterreX comes from the Latin, aqua (water) and French, terre (earth, land) which is a derivative of the Latin, terra, and “X” for exploration. Thus, AquaterreX encompasses water and land solutions for the planet.

The company possesses proprietary technology to locate Deep Seated Water, which is fresh water situated below the shallow groundwater that supplies the majority of fresh water on the planet. This vast new source of water can help solve the water crisis facing billions of people.