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Water Is Our Next Big Challenge

More reports about coming water shortages indicate the confluence of several trends.

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water shortage and water conservation I'm seeing more and more reports about coming water shortages. They result from the confluence of several trends:
  • Rapidly growing population
  • Rapid industrialization/consumer society shifts around the world
  • Climate change with more severe weather patterns
  • Aging infrastructure
The latest article is by Kiplinger Business Resources

California's state and regional public works leaders are also reporting a variety of problems, and the need for increased conservation of fresh water supplies.

Many of the "green" initiatives such as planting a million trees, or reducing electricity use in buildings that at first glance are about energy and livability -- are really about water conservation

As this article about "Water Scarcity Will Change How We Live and Work" mentions, there are solutions.

"Watch Australia. When it comes to water, Australia's present may be our future. Climate changes that occurred there about a dozen years ago that dropped the country's average annual rainfall in half forced the nation to adopt among the most innovative conservation projects, substantially reducing per capita water use."

Innovation isn't always about technology. Sometimes it's about living and working with less by prioritizing just how important a particularly water-guzzling activity is in comparison to a more modest, more sustainable alternative. After all, we still need to eat, drink, bathe, and relax. HOW we do it is up to our creative imagination and survival skills.

Remember when people rushed to get "wilderness survival skills" for the coming resources panic. Maybe what we need are "urban survival skills" to cope with the growing population stress and weather patterns that are more remniscient of wilderness than civilization.

The solution here: develop business and personal water strategies that keep pace with increasingly expensive and rare supplies of fresh water.

We have the it's a matter of putting our own system in place.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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