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.