While creating a report on the water crisis and Water Use Embedding, we found that various methods used to address climate change such as cap and trade and the widespread use of rebates and subsidies seemed to potentially serve as models for addressing the water crisis. In this previous report, entitled ‘Examining the Water Policy Challenge – Can Water Use Embedding lead the way?’ flanking strategies within the energy sector were explored at a surface level. This report seeks to explore them in more depth. We seek to examine parallels regarding the challenges actors face while trying to use energy as an avenue to ameliorate climate change and the challenges actors face attempting to reduce the use of water to minimize the water crisis. The history of climate change awareness, the focus on energy, and the process of awareness, interest, and decision making regarding climate change historically may supply relevant, practical, and actionable learnings for those trying to address the water crisis.