I read this short book this morning and thought it worth sharing. Interestingly, youtube has the entire reading of the book on a series of videos:
It is the story of water from the viewpoint of Sudan in northern Africa. How important it was, it is, and it will be. We in the west tend to let it run down the drain while we brush our teeth, and still many places in the world drink it from bacteria infested mud puddles because it is so scarce.
A nonprofit in southeastern Pennsylvania, The Stroud, is obsessed with teaching the world how important it is for us all to reconsider water. http://www.stroudcenter.org/
Possibly, like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and now The Affordable Care Act, conservatives will fight tooth and nail society's pooling our resources in the future to fund desalination plants when fresh water becomes scarce enough to make economic change necessary.