The authors present scenarios for the broad trends that will have a significant impact upon future water challenges-- population, economic growth, energy, climate change, and general demographic trends. Examine what might be in store for us and how individuals, water utilities, industries, and countries can change the future of water. With a Foreword by Bruce Babbit, the book discusses how water usage and storage must change in our homes, in agriculture and industry to deal with this crisis.
We are rushing headlong into a global water crisis of equally calamitous proportions. The dual threat of compromised water quality and water shortages amounts to one of the greatest challenges of our time. This impending crisis may not have the sudden impact of the asteroid, but if a united effort to solve the problems is not forthcoming, the ultimate effect will be just as dire.
Fortunately, it is not too late to prevent a water disaster. Find out what may be in store for us as author Steve Maxwell presents an incisive look at how water could be used, transported, and stored in and around our homes, in agriculture, and in industry. Maxwell's detailed take on the future describes how the actions of individuals, water utilities, industries, and even entire countries can positively alter the flow of water. An insider's view into the business side of water, Maxwell's specialty, sheds light for investors and others on the future availability, cost, and true value of this precious resource, in the United States and throughout the world.
Praise for the Future of Water
"Steve Maxwell takes us straight into the realities of the water crisis that is now spreading through all parts of the country, and indeed of the entire world." - From the foreword by Bruce Babbitt, former US Secretary of the Interior "The Future of Water is sobering and exhilarating at the same time. It's sobering as Maxwell and Yates detail just how water touches so many aspects of modern life, and how dire the situation might be if nothing changes. However, this book is also exhilarating in the fast-paced way it examines the future of water, from our own kitchen sinks to massive dams in China." - Bill Owens, former Governor of Colorado
"Water is our greatest global challenge and local opportunity, and yet it seems invisible to many and inexhaustible to most. Maxwell connects the dots and drops to chart a more sustainable future for our blue planet and for your community watershed. We need to wake up and smell the water, change our old policies and paradigms, and begin to manage water as one resource, integrating and innovating from top to bottom, above and below." - Benjamin H. Grumbles, President, Clean Water America Alliance, former EPA Assistant Administrator and Arizona Environmental Director
"This is the book the industry and the public it serves has been waiting for -- a clear. concise, comprehensive, and authoritative look, not just to the future, but to the context from which that future is evolving. This is an important book that will become a reference for water professionals, policy makers, and private citizens concerned about our water future, and what we can do to craft it." - Bill Bertera, for Executive Director, Water Environment Foundation.