The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU Working Paper - No. 133

What Crisis? Challenging the Urban Water Challenge of the Twenty-First Century


20 May 2009

Author: Thomas Wipperman

Publication Date: 2007

Water is a fundamental part of the metabolism of all living things. It is needed in the processes of respiration and photosynthesis, through which living beings are able to transform energy into a useful form to carry out the processes of life. Human beings can, at best, survive three days without water; other organisms can last longer, but ultimately, all will die without new sources of water.

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