The Municipal Engineer's Role in Planning Water Resources Development

by Mercel J. Shelton,

Serial Information: Journal of the Professional Activities, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 37-42

Document Type: Journal Paper


America is endowed with natural resources and has developed a civilization unmatched in human history for its material productivity. Without water, this could not have happened. Man has been wasteful and careless with water resources; true conservation and management of such resources must be practiced, with the municipal engineer assuming the principal role. An example is presented to show the role of the municipal engineer in coordination with other agencies and the associated disciplines in planning and accomplishing development of water resources in anticipation of need. The municipal engineer must be a party to planning and development through a team effort with local, State and Federal agencies to eliminate duplication, evaluate all factors, maximize the benefits among the many water-associated uses, assist his governing board in development of policy and guide the program from conception to completion through an informed public convinced of its necessity.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Water resources | Water conservation | Resource management | Aging (material) | Human factors | Natural resources | History

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