The creator of the water footprint concept, Arjen Hoekstra, lays out the steps countries need to take in order to reduce their water footprints.
First, governments must establish water footprint caps for all catchments. Second, they must formulate benchmarks for all large-scale water users such as agriculture, textiles and energy. Third is to promote fairer water use across communities. We have to agree on fair levels of use and be better at sharing this precious resource. [UN Chronicle]