Sustainable water provision : challenges, alternative strategies and sources in the ERA of climate change
Lee, Shinyi, Yigitcanlar, Tan, Egodawatta, Prasanna, & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (2011) Sustainable water provision : challenges, alternative strategies and sources in the ERA of climate change. In Green Technologies : Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. Information Science Reference, pp. 1768-1781.
As a result of rapid urbanisation, population growth, changes in lifestyle, pollution and the impacts of climate change, water provision has become a critical challenge for planners and policy-makers. In the wake of increasingly difficult water provision and drought, the notion that freshwater is a finite and vulnerable resource is increasingly being realised. Many city administrations around the world are struggling to provide water security for their residents to maintain lifestyle and economic growth. This chapter reviews the global challenge of providing freshwater to sustain lifestyles and economic growth, and the contributing challenges of climate change, urbanisation, population growth and problems in rainfall distribution. The chapter proceeds to evaluate major alternatives to current water sources such as conservation, recycling and reclamation, and desalination. Integrated water resource management is briefly looked at to explore its role in complementing water provision. A comparative study on alternative resources is undertaken to evaluate their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and constraints, and the results are discussed.
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|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||Water Security, Lifestyle, Economic Growth, Climate Change, Integrated Water Resource Management|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment|
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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|Deposited On:||02 Nov 2012 08:51|
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