Today, half of the world’s population is impacted by water shortages. We need to get smarter about how we use every drop. Community water trusts can help ensure freshwater ecosystems, underserved individuals and communities, and agricultural communities can all benefit from sustainable water use in balance. Community water trusts invest in permanent water rights with the dual purposes of restoring important environmental functions and delivering financial returns to investors. Additionally, they have the ability to make water available to urban interests – alleviating water shortages in cities.