Can we save our fresh water supply?

Pew Charitable Trust

In anticipation of World Water Day this Friday, we’ve convened top H2O experts for fresh insights in our Trend magazine. As this finite resource becomes increasingly limited, some see Earth’s glass as half empty—but science provides hope.

The State of Fresh Water, Mapped
The world’s wet regions are getting wetter and its dry areas drier—and much more quickly than previously thought, NASA satellite data show. Scientists predict over half of humanity will live in water-stressed areas by 2025.
WHAT IT MEANS
5 Questions for Gary White & Matt Damon of Water.org

“People living in poverty really aren’t a problem to be solved; they’re a market to be served.” The co-founders of the nonprofit Water.org discuss the power of “impact investing” to bring clean water to the developing world.
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Sometimes Water Should Be Left Where It Is
Throughout history, we’ve diverted rivers and streams to meet a variety of needs. But without proper planning, re-engineering nature can have dire consequences.
KEY LESSONS
FACT OF THE MATTER
2,000 gallons
Estimated amount of water required per day to maintain the average American’s lifestyle.
See the “water footprint” of common goods
Live Webcast: What Is the Future of Water?
Today, more than 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water at home. Trend essayists discuss the importance—and disappearance—of fresh water in our live webcast this Friday, World Water Day.
HOW TO WATCH
U.S. Water Infrastructure Is Aging Rapidly

We shouldn’t talk about urban water systems only when they fail. Much of the U.S. water infrastructure is in serious need of replacement or upgrading.

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QUOTE OF NOTE
“If we’re going to succeed in the next hundred years, we’re going to have to pay attention to water in a way that we haven’t had to in a long time.”
Charles Fishman, journalist and author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
How to renew our relationship with water
Groundwater: The Crucial Resource We Can’t See
Aquifers—vast underground stores of water—account for more than 95 percent of all circulating fresh water. We’re pumping them at unsustainable rates, but new technologies may help us save this vital resource.
WHAT’S NEEDED
The Water Cycle Is Broken
To feed the world, huge pumps draw water from beneath the earth for irrigation. But we’ve broken the water cycle to do it. Here’s how we can repair and replenish.
HOW WE CAN FIX IT
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