The worldwide water crisis is a consequence of the convergence of three critical flaws: inequality and poverty, unsustainable management of our aquatic ecosystems, and the pressure to privatize public services.

Faced with the old, arrogant paradigm that is based on the "domination of nature" for the benefit of the construction sector, new strategies for cost-saving, efficiency and conservation are being applied today. The modernization of irrigation and urban networks, together with the application of laws and technologies that rule out pollution and the overexploitation of rivers and aquifers, are reflected in advanced water management policies.

However, the main challenge is not technological but one of governance. The fight against the privatization of public water services and corruption is promoting new models of participatory management under social control, while opening the way for the recognition of access to potable water as a human right.

Fortunately, rising against the problems of the global water crisis are citizens’ movements that bring with them the firm hope for another world order – one that is  possible simply because it is needed.

© Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua 2009