On Sunday February 19, 2017 the NYT published two stories that were weirdly related. One was on the death of the U.S. Nuclear Power industry, and the other was on the death of Mexico City due to lack of drinking water and their horrible dysfunction with wastewater management. We wrote this letter to the editor explaining how the failure of our nation to develop advanced nuclear reactors for power generation could be the root cause to the failure of both the power and water systems in the U.S. and around the world. We argue that unless the U.S. overcomes its fear of nuclear power we will never develop a safe and sustainable power system that can provide both electrical energy and freshwater. Millions die or are displaced each year from water and sanitation deficiencies.