Martin Doyle, Director of the Water Policy Program, presents "Water Affordability and Equity in the United States," an American Water Resources Association webinar, on March 24. A recording of the webinar will be available through the AWRA website.
In 1950, the President's Water Resources Policy Commission identified a set of grand water challenges facing the nation and a commensurate set of broad policy recommendations. Over the intervening 70 years, the US has been transformed technically, economically, and socially, and the water commission recommendations made many of those changes possible. This talk will seek to take a forward-looking perspective for the coming 50 years by examining a set of trends affecting our current water resources, and our ability to have a sustainable and equitable water future. Specifically, this talk will examine the rising crisis of water affordability and equity in the United States, and how this is affecting different regions of the United States and what policy responses might include.