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Summary and Final Tasks
Do not despair! Despite what seem to be continually emerging examples of fresh water crises around the world, there are promising and appropriate solutions. You have now explored the possible roles of conservation, either imposed or encouraged by reasonable pricing structures, new and improved technologies, or more costly solutions such as long-distance transport. If you were able to make sweeping changes to water policy, what would you do having completed this course? Would you discourage large-scale agriculture in desert regions? Would you limit growth of cities in water-deficient sites? Would you promote water reuse (so-called "toilet to tap") everywhere? We hope that you will use your knowledge wisely and communicate your understanding of the issues and solutions to others!
Reminder - Complete all of the Module 10 tasks!
You have reached the end of Module 10! Double-check the to-do list on the Module 10 Roadmap to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed.
References and Further Reading
"Chapter 16. Solutions and Manifestos", p. 275-312, in De Villiers, Marq, 2000. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource. Mariner Books, Houghton-Mifflin Co.
Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis (Circle of Blue). Monday, 24 May 2010.
World without water: six solutions to a shortage (Financial Times). December 8, 2014.