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"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." Thomas Fuller wrote those words in 1732, but in 2011, we are only now approaching the threshold of learning the full meaning of that adage. According to recent reports, there is no great infrastructure challenge facing North America today than water. Indeed, freshwater may be defining commodity of the twenty-first century. Alex Prud'homme's The Ripple Effect explores this gathering crisis by finding how Americans use and abuse water. Along the way, he poses and answers three critical questions: What's in our water? Are we running out of it? And what are our most pressing hydrological challenges and how are we addressing them? A refreshing spigot of ideas.