Expert: Iowa needs to keep tabs on water demand

US - Iowa Experts say Iowa needs to come up with a way to monitor water use, especially with the boom in ethanol, livestock and other industries.
calendar icon 7 December 2006
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Bob Libra of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told a state environment panel yesterday that because of budget cuts, the agency has no idea whether the state will have enough water to handle the demand.

According to the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, it takes three-to-four gallons of water to make one gallon of ethanol. And, one hog in a hog confinement operation needs five gallons of water a-day. Beef and dairy cattle need 20-plus gallons a day.

Source: Associated Press
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