A new concept, ”peak water” has emerged. It indicates that the era of easy access to blue water is coming to an end in many regions of the world. Expanding water pollution, depleted river streamflow, overdrawn groundwater, salinisation, and water for ecosystems sinking below the acceptable minimum all point to a peaking of blue water resources. Human ingenuity, coping strategies and fundamental rethinking on water management are urgently needed to mitigate the drivers of peak water.
Published in Water Front Magazine No. 3-4 2008.