Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL (Premiere Plus Realty)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The drought in California was caused by multiple Governors doing nothing to prevent it.  No added storage in over 30 years.  Desal plants were scrapped.  But we have a "high speed rail" that uses busses and freight lines going to a destination no one goes to!


Flint is a major screw up by the leadership there.


Water shortage will be a problem only if our "leadership" continues to make it one so they can profit from it.

Apr 10, 2016 05:36 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

It already is. Warren Buffet and other top investors have turned their attention to fresh water related ventures; what does that tell you? Yes, water is the next next gold-oil-Internet in my opinion. However, I have lived through 3-4 major droughts in CA in my lifetime, so I'm not rattled by them, just influenced in my water habits. The worst one in my memory was in the 1970's, much worse than this one we're in. So, perspective plays into my outlook.

Apr 10, 2016 01:38 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We hear promises of this sort of thing from time to time as people look at our abundant water supplies in the midwest.

But those who know much about the water cycle know that it is much easier to create pure water than to haul water or oil.

Apr 10, 2016 08:41 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Susan, right now when we buy a half liter bottle of water at the gas station it is 5x more expensive per gallon than that the gas we filled our vehicle up with.  Our water bills for our home have tripled in the past twenty years.

Apr 10, 2016 12:26 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Susan. I hope not. We have well water at our home and city water at my office. As far as I know,  we are good.

Apr 10, 2016 06:08 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Susan Laxson - it is possible...and I hope someone is taking care of it NOW.

Apr 10, 2016 03:37 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

no, there are ways to use desalinization and the oceans are HUGE.  And my water supply is a private well and it's tested fine annually for 15 years.

Apr 10, 2016 02:54 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I haven't given it muchthought, you have challenged me to check into it.

Apr 10, 2016 01:41 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

We have wonderful water. It's mainly snow melt and is minimally treated before it comes to my tap. 

Apr 10, 2016 12:31 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Our water supply is safe and we have many rivers and lakes and been ahead of needed rainfall for several years.

Apr 10, 2016 11:35 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We're already having to buy it by the bottle, when 50 years ago, when it was suggested that someday, we would have to pay for Drinkking water, people laughed.

Apr 10, 2016 09:32 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Increasing population in dry places like California and Arizona will only exacerbate the problem.

     Build more dams and reservoirs - except the EPA and the environmentalists won't allow it.

     Global warming is a hoax.

Apr 10, 2016 09:02 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Hope not soon.

Apr 10, 2016 05:39 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

It makes me wonder how safe it is. I drink bottled water but that is a preference for me.

I do believe that one day it will be like oil.

Apr 10, 2016 05:29 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

There are serious water problems right now in many countries - and we might be one of them!

Apr 10, 2016 05:03 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

My dad was a smoker. One of my favorite 'outings' with him was to walk to the store to buy him cigarrettes, always trying to match his steps. I can't recall the number of times he said to me (in the late 50's, early 60's in Southern California), "I fear your biggest challenge when you grow up will be the lack of water." I always thought he was silly because we lived on the ocean!

Apr 10, 2016 04:36 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's a serious issue....and it's very realistic....

Apr 10, 2016 03:44 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Droughts are caused by the Coriolis effect and are cyclic worldwide. Same goes for "global warming". Human contribution is about a 1000th of one percent, and not due to CO2. It's due to massive construction and the heat island effect. 71 percent of the earth is covered in water. There is no water shortage nor will there ever be.

Those that want control over your lives are the one's perpatrating these myths. It's all very simple. Just follow the money. I refuse to be brainwashed!


Apr 10, 2016 03:40 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Susan, I believe the crisis is already here. I travel extensively and see it. When the water stops coming out of our taps THEN people will start getting realistic.

I see guys at the gym shaving and just leave the water running full blast during the process-I want to hit them upside their heads! I have seen women in Africa walking all day for that amount of water wasted-it makes me sick! Sorry you hit one of my buttons! LOL

Apr 10, 2016 02:14 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Maybe it just won't matter.  With all the greed, pollution, hate, killing, etc. we as a human species will self destruct and destroy ourselves with the planet. That's the other side of darkness ... and some ribbing humor on a Sunday morning. 

Apr 10, 2016 01:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow, I think there are many solutions underway, and Santa Barbara is continuing the desalinization project.  Our water is safe.  A

Apr 10, 2016 01:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hard to say. I think we will see a greater emphasis on conservation efforts, recycling and water treatment. We are certainly seeing the costs of water going up, at least in our area

Apr 10, 2016 01:03 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It already is in terms of cost.

Apr 10, 2016 01:00 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Right now our area is in good shape.  Who know what the future holds.

Apr 10, 2016 12:31 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Mark Twain said, "Whiskey is for drinking over, water is for fighting over."


Apr 10, 2016 12:31 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Think I should be alright for a while. Moving to Chicago and they have Lake Michigan!

Apr 10, 2016 09:56 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope not.

Apr 10, 2016 09:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It could well be. I like to think the water supply in my community is safe.

Apr 10, 2016 09:38 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

It already is in some parts of the world. On Kauai's north shore we have one of the rainiest spots in the world. Our rivers and wells are still a plentiful source.

Apr 10, 2016 06:48 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

We're good here.  More people will lead to more hatred and envy.  The have nots won't stand for the have having more.  Marshall law will eventually prevail.  Guns will be taken away.  Survival of the fittest will return.  Dictators will be the norm.  Slavery will return and it won't be base on race, color or creed.  Famine will be prevalent.  I was told and it makes sense that people are just a virus growing on the earth.  Over population will be the death of civilization unless a meteor beat us to it.

Apr 10, 2016 03:39 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I sure hope not, California has sure been hit hard.

Apr 10, 2016 12:49 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Very worrisome even though our country has five Great Lakes and the mighty Mississippi River & all its tributaries.

Apr 10, 2016 10:12 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There is a very strong possibility of this happening.

Apr 10, 2016 05:12 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That is really hard to say because of all the filtration seetups on the market today

Apr 10, 2016 05:01 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I agree with the multiple comments above that this has already happened or is underway. 

Apr 10, 2016 03:52 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In Jodan there is less and less water under the ground. Much discussion to haul melted iceberg from polar regions.   

Each person consumes 5.6 billion gallons of waste water in ones life time.

Apr 10, 2016 02:34 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Already is.

Apr 10, 2016 02:19 AM
Toronto, ON

I cannot comment on the water safety as I am not a qualified water expert.  The water source in my area is Lake Ontario and it is treated by the City of Toronto.

Apr 10, 2016 01:43 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In generations to come YES to your question. For now, it is a commodity and a money making item...Sources of good food and water will become more valuable than GOLD and he who has it....will rule

Apr 10, 2016 01:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

We may have to do like The Martian and make our own water.   I can't say we won't have a water shortage, but it's going to be an expensive challenge to keep the water we have clean enough for consumption.

Apr 10, 2016 12:57 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

There are natural weather cycles; not global warming.  Well planned water storage would make a whole lot of sense. 

Apr 10, 2016 12:50 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Lets face it we all need clean fresh water.  Will there be a shortage, I don't think so but time will tell.  

Apr 10, 2016 12:18 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

At the moment it is fine, but with all the fertilizer, weed killer etc being put on lawns there are spots of trouble here.

Apr 10, 2016 12:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Maybe the real estate students are onto something with the recent and often repetitive questions about water.    

Seriously, water is a concern given the examples you have cited.   I think the issues have given more prominence to the handling and safety of water in all communities.   

Apr 10, 2016 12:05 AM