Water flows through almost every part of our economies and everything we do. It connects, agriculture, health, energy, food, environment and conflict. Of all the domains to an economy it is likely to be the most resistant to a reductionist approach to management. Current and foreseeable trends indicate that water issues of the near future will continue to become increasingly more complex, they will likely become more interconnected with other development sectors like transportation, agriculture, energy, industry, and communication, and with social systems like health and rural development.
The current water crisis should be seen as an inflection point when water can no longer be viewed in isolation by one institution or any one group of professionals without explicit and inclusive consideration of other related sectors and issues and vice versa. In fact, it may be posited that the time is already here when water policies and significant water-related issues should be understood, analyzed, and resolved within an overall societal and development context instead of simply as technical and the exclusive domain of a limited number of professional organizations.