Many people in developed nations take water for granted. It is more or less always accessible to them and not everyone has knowledge about where their water comes from or how much of a shortage we will be in. To help get people to lessen their wasteful water usage, we could maybe introduce new policies. I liked the idea mentioned in class about changing the price of water while thinking of ways to keep it accessible. The idea of making water free until a limit is intriguing because it promotes conserving water as you end up paying nothing for it if you do not waste it. Rebates are also interesting as it allows people and families who cannot afford the higher water prices to still have access to it.
However, I think that even when individuals try to conserve water in their daily lives, corporations must do better in making production more water efficient. If companies keep using an excess of water in their focus on quantity of production instead of teh quality of their goods, more and more water will be used as those goods degrade (for example: making poor quality shirts that inefficiently use water, and when the shirts get ruined quickly, consumers buy another crappy shirt). Maybe governemnts could keep companies truthful and more aware of their own practices by forcing them to survey water usage in their production and get them to openly release these stats/data. As more people come environmentally focused (and thus base their purchasing decisions on environmentally friendly business practices), this information and transparency can make companies change to more efficient means if they want to keep their customers.