More than ever before has the need to provide approximately 1.2 billion people in developing countries with adequate potable water been so urgent.
|Water supply and environmental management : developing world applications
|Year of Publication
|Studies in water policy and management
|xxi, 447 p.: 41 fig., 85 tab.
|africa, appropriate technology, brazil, case studies, economic aspects, environment, philippines, planning, policies, programmes, projects, water demand, water distribution, water resources management, water supply, water supply charges
More than ever before has the need to provide approximately 1.2 billion people in developing countries with adequate potable water been so urgent. This critical situation calls for new approaches to planning, new policies, new techniques, and a holistic mindset that rightly sees the interconnectedness of water with the rest of the global economy and environment. The author addresses these issues from a comprehensive, and practical perspective. After laying the foundation for integrated water resources planning, he addresses the evaluation of water projects in developing countries. Topics covered include benefit estimation, shadow pricing to control economic distortions, and alternative criteria for assessing public investments. He also deals with water system optimization, including water water supply quality issues and the massive problem of unaccounted-for water. This is followed by a discussion of environmental issues and their incorporation into water sector decision making as well as water pricing, demand forecasting, and rural water supply. A number of case studies reflect real world situations which demonstrate the application and practicability of numerous concepts. The book contains tables summarizing various aspects of water supply relating to cost, output, consumption, etc. Illustrations and figures depict assorted cycles, frameworks, charts and calculations. The book is aimed at students, practitioners and experts. It is meant as a resource in understanding and applying the latest knowledge pertaining to potable water development.