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What can I, as a young graduate, do about water scarcity?

Thursday, March 9, 2017 2:10
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analysis of the politics and economics of water C writes:

Hey David,
I really enjoyed your AMA on water shortages in California and the
problems with our water management system in the US. I am recently
out of college, studied mechanical engineering, and am finding the
water scarcity issue (in the western US & the rest of the
world) a scary, but inspiring issue to get involved in. I am
currently in the middle of reading Cadillac Desert, which
led me to searching reddit and finding your AMA.

My question is: From your expertise, how can I as someone motivated
and new in the work force get involved in and help make a
difference in these issues? I am not fixed on staying with careers
directly linked to my college major. I would appreciate any advice
you are willing to part with.
Thank you,


Dear C,

You’ve made the first step, admitting that WE have a problem :)

As for the next steps, I think there are two ways to go.

The first way is to “address the symptoms,” i.e., using your skills
[engineering for you; other things for others] to help increase
supplies or reduce demand for water — and thus try to reduce

The second way is to “address the disease,” i.e., get involved in
the organisations responsible for making policies that drive water
scarcity. There are many potential organisations to choose from,
from the local drinking water utility, to a state board on water
resources, to a chamber of commerce interested in protecting its
members water reliability.

I gave my first book the title of "" target="_blank">End of
to highlight the need for us to change the ways
we manage water in a new world where abundance cannot be taken for
granted. That book (as well as "" target="_blank">Living with
Water Scarcity
) suggest new ways to think about water, and
YOU can play a useful role in helping people understand that the
situation is neither inevitable nor hopeless. The good news is that
water scarcity is a local issue that’s solvable by local, concerned

Bottom Line: Everyone can reduce water scarcity (and the
risks it brings) by doing their part. It’s not that complicated,
but it takes time and community interest.

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