September 2003: "A New Water Paradigm"

Author: Ryan Case (The Water Stewards Network) 

The author describes our rapid destruction of water, due to a water management paradigm based on centralization and disregard of the consequences of manipulation, including such as nutrient/pollutant build-up, high energy requirements and soil degradation. Our separation from the sources of water leads to destructive or counterproductive behavior - instead of cleaning up pollution that contaminates our water, we buy bottled water. The article includes several examples of appropriate ways to meet our needs for water, including Dr. John Todd's living water purification systems, solar distillation, rain-fed agriculture and ancient methods of water management. These examples emphasize the need for stewardship of water resources.

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