I was asked to answer this question on another forum and I thought it would make a good blog post. Here is my answer.
All of the problems man has with water are caused by man. Drought should not affect us because we have enough historical data to know which areas of the world are subject to infrequent rain. We have technology to deal with this.
To solve the Global Water Crisis we must first all accept that there has never been a time when the Earth did not provide whatever man needed to thrive.
For instance, the drought in California, as always happens, has been alleviated by the natural replenishing properties of Earth. A rock star wrote a song in the 1970’s called “ It never rains in Southern California”. Even he knew the conditions, but government didn’t heed what he knew, and what history told us. California gets an abundance of precipitation, but because of poor preparation, they had no storage for the abundance and actually had to discard billions of gallons of fresh water to allow the new water to be collected.
We must abandon the idea that man affects climate. This is self-destructive. Instead we must develop a water plan based on what we know about climate. The Earth behaves in its time, not ours. Once we accept this, we can begin making a dent in our water problems.
Here is what we must do.
- Build new, massive water storage capacity for areas we know only get rains sporadically.
- Encourage sensible population levels based on available water resources
- Upgrade our aging water plants to handle the unstoppable and gradual increase of contaminants that civilization is placing in our water supplies. (Pesticides, fertilizers, drugs, gas and road oil, leachate, etc.)
- Increase funding for new technology. Evaporation and recycle technologies move to the head of the class.
- Consider pipelines from areas rich in water, to those who are struggling.
- Focus on the fundamentals of scientific law, and not activist interpretations of select observations. Let science, not academia be the lead voice in our water decisions.