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.
If that climate and irresponsible water use and management further delimits the amount available for all uses just in the critical climate and under-supply we know today, what will the inevitable change in water valuation and consequent increase in price mean for the cost of a Volkswagen or anything else on earth?
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?