Improving Water Security Socially
No country can become water sustainable unless the people in that country become committed to ensuring their own water security. Mission 2017 proposes a plan that will educate consumers and citizens in developed countries, and involve locals with water development projects in developing countries. These solutions will be especially applicable in the United States and Europe as well as Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing nations worldwide.
1) Virtual Water Labeling: Require virtual water labeling, especially in the agriculture industry, in order to make people more aware of their individual role in global water usage.
2) Social Solutions to Energy and Water Problems: Establish educational programs that teach people how to reduce water and energy consumption.
3) Community Involvement and Education: Improve water management education in developing countries to empower local citizens, specifically women.
4) Local Context: In cases where local problems can be solved through international collaboration, a joint commission representing each country should be created. In cases where the implementation is made at the scale of a city or a village, communities should be involved in the following steps: expressing concerns, advising experts, funding, building and maintenance. Project leaders should be assisted by volunteers to fit their solution to the local context. Contributors among residents should be rewarded for their participation through economic incentives and honors.