Fresh water is essential - to life, our environment, and our economy. Like fossil fuels, abundant supplies of water enabled the development of the world we live in today. But in reality, it's a resource of fixed supply, in endless demand. With supplies decreasing dramatically through overconsumption, inefficient use, and warming of our climate, reducing our water footprint is imperative.
Can we become better stewards of this precious resource? Can we manage the effects of climate change? Can business and industry become water neutral? Adaptive strategies - such as integrated regional water management; overhaul of decades-old storage, conveyance, and regulatory systems; upgrade of aged infrastructure; broad implementation of technologies like conjunctive use, rainwater storage, wastewater recycling, desalination, and advanced treatment - will help water agencies manage change. They also will help us adapt our water resources to accommodate a growing population, restoration of our ecosystems, and better flood protection.
Learning to do more with less won't be easy; ensuring sustainable, equitable water supplies is challenging. Collaboration among water managers, climate scientists, regulatory agencies, business and industry, and stakeholders - and each of us - is essential to solutions. Circlepoint helps transform how we think about how we use water, working in the trenches to change behaviors, build coalitions, and facilitate the establishment of more effective water management systems to keep the tap running.