16 Sep 2010

Out of Water -- (not) The Review

Colin Chartres' new book is called Out of Water: From Abundance to Scarcity and How to Solve the World's Water Problems. Besides the awesome title, he also appears to have a good grip on the scale of the issues.* In this interview (via EM), he lays out a... "six-step solution to avoiding the [water] crisis:
  1. gather high-quality data about water resources;
  2. take better care of the environment;
  3. reform how water resources are governed;
  4. revitalize how water is used for farming;
  5. better manage urban and municipal demands for water;
  6. involve marginalized people in water management."
I agree with these steps, but I wonder how much time he takes to discuss the barriers to their implementation? Maybe someone who reads the book can tell us.

* He should, as director of the International Water Management Institute. :)


  1. Six-step solution by Colin Chartres to avoid water crisis is impressive.
    Water conservation is need of the hour. Just 2.5% of the planet's water is fresh. Less than 1% is readily available for human consumption because some of the fresh water is stored in the form of ice bergs. Still all of us use water carelessly and further to this we also ignore leak taps, pipelines and waste water.I think instead of waiting for the government to take appropriate measures, it should begin with us. We should make disciplined and optimum use of water.

    For more on how you can do your bit about environment, sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, clean energy, green living, reducing your carbon footprint and so on, visit http://www.elpis.com

  2. @vaibhav -- I am going to let your link spam stand, but I hope that you take some time to read more on this blog, which has a lot of solutions that do NOT require virtue and green social networking.


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