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SXSW Interactive 2016

Hacking Water Scarcity: Cities at the Forefront

From dry taps to Sao Paolo to rationing in San Jose, scarce water is a growing threat to cities. It's not just drinking water: industries from beverages to semiconductors are growing concerned about whether they will have adequate access to water in the future.
In arid regions, forward-thinking policymakers are striking innovative partnerships to secure the water they need to support future growth. The former industrial cities of the Great Lakes are rebranding themselves as freshwater hubs and enabling a new wave of startups. Join an expert panel of civic leaders, journalists and practitioners to investigate how cities are responding to one of the 21st century's most pressing challenges.

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  1. How are drought-prone cities working to secure new water supplies?
  2. How are water-rich cities positioning themselves for an age of scarcity?
  3. What role can water startups play in ensuring a prosperous future for global cities?



Kevin Allison, Columnist, Thomson Reuters

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  • Tags: cities, water, policy
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government and Policy
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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