"Water is life." Those are the first lines of our new "The Cost of Clean Water" cover series, appearing in our March/April edition. Nowhere is this more true than the Middle East, where urban and industrial growth have stressed already weakened freshwater sources. The map below rates each country's water scarcity by freshwater consumption as a percentage of available water resources. The numbers are staggering, but industry experts everywhere, especially in the pump industry, are finding smart, reliable ways for mapping a new water future for the region.