A GLOBAL CRISIS
From human beings to living creatures, ecological habitatsto built environments, environmental processes to industrialenterprise, water sustains and fuels every life form andactivity on the planet. It grows the food we eat, supportsthe manufacturing of goods we consume, facilitates theproduction of the energy we utilize, disposes of the wastewe produce, provides pathways for the goods we trade. It is,without a doubt, the single most important natural resourcefor the continued welfare of people and the planet. Yet,our interaction with water on a daily basis, as individuals,businesses, and governments would drastically seem toindicate otherwise. It is mismanaged and misallocated,wasted and contaminated, undervalued and disregarded.Most tragically of all, its lack of availability and distributionthreatens the livelihoods of nearly 1 billion people through-out the developing world.