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The USGS Water Science School

 Water Opinion Survey:
How would you handle this water crisis?

What do you think the headlines about water will be in the next ten years?

Alright, Mayor (fill in your name here), you've got a water crisis in your city. You're running out of water! Your growing population and new industries demand more water, which you don't happen to have. You're the mayor -- you're in charge. How will you solve the problem, since you want to do what's best for your community (and get re-elected)?

There's only two things you can do, increase the supply of water and/or decrease the demand for water. By using the form below, give us your opinions on what measures you'd use to tackle the problem (which is a real situation happening at many places in the world every day).Maybe get a class discussion going about why you think some measures would work and some wouldn't. The discussion will get more complicated than you think!

Click on the Ups and Downs icon to see good and bad points about each measure.


What measures would you use to handle your water crisis?
Select an answer from 4 to 1 stars:

- "Great idea, I'd use it" - "Only a fair idea"
- "Pretty good idea" - "Bad idea, I wouldn't use it"

Mandatory restrictions on water use: 4 stars 3 stars 2 stars 1 star
Find new water supplies
(build a reservoir, new wells):
4 stars 3 stars 2 stars 1 star
Raise the price of water: 4 stars 3 stars 2 stars 1 star
Cut back/stop new developments: 4 stars 3 stars 2 stars 1 star
Encourage water conservation: 4 stars 3 stars 2 stars 1 star
Buy water from another city/state: 4 stars 3 stars 2 stars 1 star
(2) Where do you live
(State/Continent):

Finished? You can

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