Water sits at the nexus of every human activity. Agriculture, power generation, transportation, public health, and industrial processes depend on consistent availability and quality of water resources. When these conditions are not met, significant disease, famine, and conflict can ensue.
But water resources are complicated, and water quantity and quality are not consistently distributed around the planet, causing water inequities. As the climate continues to change, these disparities are likely to be amplified.
If we are going to improve resilience to climate change, we need to improve water resource access, management, and equity. Because water needs are ubiquitous and pervasive, there are no one-size-fits-all answers. We need a whole-of-society approach to addressing water resilience, and we don't really know what that is yet.