Over the course of societal development, making safe drinking water has required increasingly advanced water treatment technology. But today a cascade of problems threaten: aging infrastructures (people, processes, and pipes), agricultural overloading of surface and ground water with nutrients great for growing food but harmful to humans, and an emerging political food fight over what to do about it. What we drink has never been more closely linked to what we eat. As the issue enters the political arena a common understanding of cause, effect, and solutions may prove elusive….leaving the average person with few options other than eat, drink, pray.
For an example of the emerging polemic that is likely to grow, see this shot by a journalist at BloombergView. It’s only the beginning.