A new water ethic is not only essential—it’s possible.
People gather around a well in India.
Children play at the Wisconsin Dells, where more than 20 water parks hold about 20 million gallons of water.
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Cynthia Barnett is a longtime journalist who has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore. This article is excerpted from "Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis" by Cynthia Barnett (Beacon, 2011).