The drinking water disaster in Flint is emblematic of a wider crisis facing communities across the United States today, according to Council fellow Michael Tiboris. The factors that contributed to the Michigan city’s decision to suspend water supplies in January —poverty, distressed water sources, poor management, communities neglected by bureaucracy, and governments run like businesses – are surprisingly common. And as Flint has demonstrated, the most disadvantaged people often bear the largest burdens. What can communities, government, and utility providers in the United States learn from water crises in other parts of the globe? Does the Great Lakes region’s apparent abundance of water provide any kind of insurance against growing water stress?