Water is where all life begins. We rely on it to hydrate ourselves, grow our food, produce our goods, and generate our energy. There is no substitute for water—every living thing depends on it. But only 3% of Earth’s water is freshwater, with two-thirds of it frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. However, we have long overstretched this precious resource, and the availability of suitable water is diminishing because of pollution, degradation of ecosystems, agricultural runoffs, and more. The result is that the world faces considerable challenges in equitably managing the freshwater available for a growing population.
Safeguarding freshwater supplies takes effort and ingenuity. Find out why water is so precious and learn how diverse communities are developing sustainable solutions to protect and conserve their water resources.