To solve the freshwater problem that is now evident around the globe, we must first understand how much water is actually available, how much we use, to what purpose, using what system, in what condition, and with what realistic capacity given rapid climate change and its visible and continuing catastrophic effect.
The collapse of oil could be seen as a unique opportunity to shift our value system to an alternative based on water, priced by its utilitarian necessities and distributed equitably. Is it possible to construct a new system on the true value of water? What decisions must be made? Do we need new technologies and more money?