Here is a clearly written book that will make you think. It is not written for professional economists, or for people who love to read their own version of The Truth. We have tried listening to people who say all natural resources are God's gift to Progress and must be exploited. We have tried listening to people who tell us we are all sinners and must live the way Medieval folk did if we want to save Mother Earth. We have even tried listening to the few remaining Marxist cranks who insist that water is somehow "different".
What we have not tried is using a rational, market based approach to sharing finite (or in the case of water, situationally finite) resources. Instead of the lumbering, expensive, and oppressive command-and-control tactics that have forced us to buy $2,000 washing machines that don't work, toilets that don't flush, and giant government irrigation schemes nobody can afford, we might try turning to some of the institutions that have made us the wealthiest and most creative economy in human history.
Yeah, it's messy if we rely on markets, because Five Year Plans don't work. Get over it. It's way more messy if we cant find a way to water (and by association, feed) the billions of our fellows who are coming, and if we can't find a way to keep our country's fields AND streams healthy.