Good Magazine, July 13, 2009

Unlike other natural resources, we cannot run out of water…But it doesn’t mean that we always will have

image source: NASA

image source: NASA

enough of it when and where we need it or that we can’t make it too dirty to drink. We have altered the water cycle—from ocean to cloud to ground and back to ocean—by putting 6 billion people in the middle of it. Now, the Earth isn’t generating clean, drinkable water as we’ve come to expect.

Learn all you need to know about our life-giving resource, from ideas on how to conserve it, keep it clean and convert it from one form to another, to the risks we face as clean water becomes scarce in regions that need it most. This issue boasts lots of cool interactive graphics that show you where water matters most and how you can reduce your personal consumption. To boot, find out if and which bottled waters are actually worth your buck.