Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis by Cynthia Barnett

By Cynthia Barnett

american citizens see water as plentiful and inexpensive: we activate the tap and out it gushes, for under a penny a gallon. We use extra water than the other tradition on this planet, a lot to quench what’s now our biggest crop—the garden. but so much american citizens can't identify the river or aquifer that flows to our faucets, irrigates our foodstuff, and produces our electrical energy. And such a lot don’t discover those freshwater resources are in deep trouble.

Blue Revolution exposes the reality in regards to the water crisis—driven now not as a lot by means of garden sprinklers as by way of a convention that has inspired every person, from householders to farmers to utilities, to faucet increasingly more. however the ebook additionally deals a lot reason behind wish. Award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett argues that the simplest answer can also be the best and cost-effective: a water ethic for the United States. simply because the eco-friendly move helped construct wisdom approximately strength and sustainability, so a blue circulate will reconnect american citizens to their water, supporting us worth and preserve our so much life-giving source. warding off prior errors, dwelling inside of our water potential, and turning to “local water” as we do neighborhood meals are all a part of this new, blue revolution.

Reporting from around the nation and around the world, Barnett indicates how humans, companies, and governments have come jointly to dramatically decrease water use and opposite the water main issue. complete metro components, akin to San Antonio, Texas, have halved consistent with capita water use. Singapore’s “closed water loop” recycles each drop. New applied sciences can lower agricultural irrigation in part: companies can shop loads of water—and loads of money—with designs so simple as recycling air-conditioning condensate.

The first booklet to name for a countrywide water ethic, Blue Revolution is additionally a strong meditation on water and neighborhood in America.

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