What’s the problem? To start, water infrastructure faces obstacles common to all publicly-controlled infrastructure, including officials unwilling to risk failure for innovation. But water management is also unique, Henry Grabar writes, in that public-safety regulations keep private investors from getting involved in new clean-water technologies.
How can we fix it? Historically, most innovation in the field of water management has been borne of shortages and other crises. It’s time to change our approach. After all, Grabar points out, the developing world, too, often relies on Western expertise to solve its water problems.