Peak Water Limits to Freshwater Withdrawal and Use

Published: May 2010

Authors: Peter Gleick and Meena Palaniappan

Pages: 8



This journal article, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), defines the concept of “peak water,” posturing that water withdrawal for human needs will follow a similar trend to that of peak oil. The authors explore the similarities and differences between water and oil extraction, and the implications of a decline in available freshwater for human and ecosystem wellbeing. The concept of peak water consumption leads to important conclusions about sustainable resource use and management.