SHORTAGE: The Ultimate

In Washington a common gripe has been: "They'll be rationing water next." This week, WPB is considering a plan to do just that. U.S. water consumption is up an unprecedented 30%. Pumping facilities are strained to the bursting point. In many war centers—Detroit, San Diego, Newport News, Cleveland, Buffalo, Louisville—new facilities have been installed, but dangers of a shortage are still acute. War production wallows in water. Nearly 80 tons of water are needed to manufacture a ton of ingot steel, 236 gallons are needed to make one gallon of alcohol; 125,000 gallons are needed to test each airplane...

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