The ethics of regional water planning : planning and management of water resources in a growth region

Heywood, Philip R. & Lacey, Justine (2010) The ethics of regional water planning : planning and management of water resources in a growth region. In Yigitcanlar , Tan (Ed.) Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development: Technologies, Applications and Management edited by Dr. Tan Yigitcanlar. IGI Global, , USA, pp. 183-200.

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Abstract Providing water infrastructure in times of accelerating climate change presents interesting new problems. Expanding demands must be met or managed in contexts of increasingly constrained sources of supply, raising ethical questions of equity and participation. Loss of agricultural land and natural habitats, the coastal impacts of desalination plants and concerns over re-use of waste water must be weighed with demand management issues of water rationing, pricing mechanisms and inducing behaviour change. This case study examines how these factors impact on infrastructure planning in South East Queensland, Australia: a region with one of the developed world’s most rapidly growing populations, which has recently experienced the most severe drought in its recorded history. Proposals to match forecast demands and potential supplies for water over a 20 year period are reviewed by applying ethical principles to evaluate practical plans to meet the water needs of the region’s activities and settlements.

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ID Code: 34355
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Water Planning, Social Ethics, Regional Planning
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-775-6.ch013
ISBN: 9781615207756
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IGI GLOBAL
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2010 21:53
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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