Laura Orlando is the Executive Director of the Resource Institute for Low Entropy Systems (RILES). She also teaches at the Boston University School of Public Health and is the Associate Director of the University’s Program for the Ecology of Human Systems.

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The poet W.H. Auden remarked, “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” Having sufficient quantities of water is fundamental to life. Water is an engine of health, industry, energy, and agriculture. Use too much, and supplies dwindle. But quality dictates use as well. When contamination makes water undrinkable, unable to …

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