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News Journal: Delaware water supply faces future conflict

Unlike some other places across the country, most notably California, Delaware is not dealing with a water supply issue. Data shows little decline in the stockpile of water stored in the layer cake of aquifers that lie beneath the state. In many cases, that water is millions of years old, laid down amid the sands and sediments of geologic epochs.

These aquifers aren't like underground rivers. Instead, they sit between the grains of sand above bedrock.

Everyone below the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal drinks this water from the tap, irrigates farm crops and washes clothing and vehicles. It is one of the state's most abundant natural resources.

But there are signs of conflict.

As more people move into lower Delaware and more farmers install irrigation systems to increase crop yields, the battle for what will become a dwindling water supply will increase.