The United States is currently in the worst drought since the 1950s, but the crisis hasn’t changed the fact that the average American uses 99 gallons of water at home each day.
During times like these, people listen when they are told to limit lawn-watering and car-washing. But the water still flows when we turn on the tap, and the prices of water don’t change. When the drought is over, our wasteful ways return and water remains an invisible and largely unthought-of resource.
Charles Fishman, the author of “The Big Thirst: the Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water,” explains how the drought can be used as an opportunity to re-imagine the way we use and conserve water.