David Zetland will present his book "The End of Abundance", followed by a Q&A session. "In a past of abundance, we had clean water to meet our demands for showers, pools, farms and rivers. Our laws and customs did not need to regulate or ration demand. Over time, our demand has grown, and scarcity has replaced abundance. We don't have as much clean water as we want. We can respond to the end of abundance with old ideas or adopt new tools specifically designed to address water scarcity."
In this book, David Zetland describes the impact of scarcity on our many water uses, how the institutions of abundance fail in scarcity, and how economic ideas and tools can help us direct water to its highest and best use. Written for non-academic readers, "The End of Abundance" provides examples, insights and ideas to anyone interested in the management of our most precious resource.
David Zetland is a senior water economist  in the Department of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at Wageningen University. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California Davis in 2008 before working on the politics and economics of water at University of California Berkeley for two years. He blogs on water, economics and politics at aguanomics.com.