Description - Troubled Waters by Patrick Troy
cities have traditionally relied for their water on a `predict-and-provide'
philosophy that gives primacy to big engineering solutions. In more recent
years privatised water authorities, seeking to maximise consumption and
profits, have reinforced the emphasis on increasing supply. Now the cities
must cope with the stresses these policies have imposed on the eco-systems
from which they harvest water, into which they discharge wastes, and on which
they are located. Residents are having to pay more for their water, while the
cities themselves are becoming less sustainable.
Must we build more dams and desalination plants, or should we be managing
the demand for urban water more prudently? This book explores the demand for
urban water and how it has changed in response to shifting social mores over
the past century. It explains how demand for centralised provision of water
might be reshaped to enable the cities to better cope with expected changes
in supply as our climate changes. And it discusses the implications of
property rights in water for proposals to privatise water services.
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