When America’s water systems were built in the early 20th century, they were designed, like many systems around the world, with the assumption that there would always be an unlimited supply of water. But in some places the water supply is drying up.

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MATTHEWS: “Right now, in both the developed world and the developing world, we are not thinking about how the water resources that underlay our economy need to be managed in a more flexible and more robust way.”

That’s John Matthews, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. He says that now, in the era of climate change, we need to start re-thinking the way we manage our scarce water resources.

MATTHEWS: “There’s a lot that we can do that’s very practical and very tangible in order to secure our water supply and sanitation future, our agricultural future. And that there are real practical solutions that we can implement right now.”

The new approach mimics nature by creating systems where drinking, storm, and wastewater are treated as one interconnected water cycle. This type of closed-loop system recycles the water, uses less energy, and gets more out of every drop.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
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