Authors: Peter Gleick and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Originally on Forbes.com
The United States has a remarkable water system that provides safe drinking water, sewage collection and treatment, stormwater and floodwater management, and more. Our initial investments in water purification and treatment systems eliminated the water-related diseases like cholera and dysentery that just a century ago ravaged our cities and killed our children, and still do in developing countries. Our construction of dams and reservoirs, often with taxpayer money, powered our factories during World War II, provided flood and drought protection, and helped the nation vastly expand agricultural production.
But our investments in water are no longer adequate, and the great water systems of the U.S. are in decay.