Liz Klein

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Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Winter 2005


It is incredibly easy to take water for granted. Most of us, particularly those living on the east coast of the United States, have a ready supply of running water and likely spend little time worrying about our access to it or whether it’s safe and healthy to consume. This luxury is not the reality for many in the world, however, a point that Ms. Ward’s Water Wars makes clear. In her sweeping and fascinating overview of some of the most vexing water issues facing the world today, Ms. Ward continually emphasizes the fact that access to safe, clean water is a problem that increases in magnitude every day. As she points out, “[s]ince the middle of the last century, while the population doubled, water use has tripled.