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Will we innovate a solution to water scarcity?

MIX RISING URBAN POPULATIONS with climate-changed cycles of precipitation and drought. Add infrastructure stuck in the mid 20th century, overpumped aquifiers, and wetlands filled with development. What do you get? Unprecedented water scarcity.

“The era of cheap water is over,” says Heather Cooley, director of research at the Pacific Institute, a think tank that emphasizes policy solutions

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