Taking Water to Market

by Rodney T. Smith, Stratecon, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste 104B, Claremont, CA 91711,
Roger Vaughan, Roger Vaughan Assoc., P.O. Box 822, Gray, ME 04033,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 3, Pg. 70-73

Document Type: Feature article


If the West is to enjoy continued population growth and economic development, huge volumes of water must be switched from farming to municipal uses. A free market in water will encourage this shift. Water marketing will allow those owning water rights and those needing water to negotiate transfers of water voluntarily. Despite their advantages, water markets have not developed quickly. The critical agent of change will be those engineering firms that help local water organizations shift from water development to water marketing.

Subject Headings: Water rights | Municipal water | Water management | Business management | Marketing | Population projection | Economic factors | Agriculture

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