Jonathan H. Adler

Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is also a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy” (

Navigating the Coming Water Crisis

Water and Wastewater Crisis

Many environmental problems are exaggerated.  Water scarcity is not.  If anything, water supply problems are ignored.  Inefficient water allocations and deteriorating urban infrastructure cannot compete with charismatic megafauna in direct-mail appeals.  Yet water scarcity is a serious environmental concern.  Water is essential to life, we are repeatedly told, and it is woefully mismanaged throughout much of the world.  Though naturally abundant and readily reusable, fresh water is often in short supply where needed most. Access to water may be heralded as a public right, but it can be costly to provide and protect.  Water is also a source of conflict,…

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