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Water Access and Equity

On Water, Drought and Security

Climate change has created drought in many parts of the country, while increasing flooding in others. Access to good drinking water has become a challenge in many areas, particularly for those in poverty. Safer, more equitable distribution of water is not an engineering problem but a fiscal and political one—and the Center for Social Solutions will work to create a real-world solution that will be a model for the nation.

The challenge to be solved is: how do we secure flood prone areas by creating an affordable, practical procedure for transferring surplus water produced during predictable flood seasons to drought-stricken regions of the country? We have the technology to pump thousands of gallons of water per second. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have a strategy for moving that water. Nor do we have the requisite tax and regulatory practices, let alone suitable infrastructure in place.

A solution would require engineers, city planners, experts in the spheres of tax, transportation systems, public health and public policy to come together to craft a sustainable solution.