Water Supply and Conservation in a Desert City

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by Ben Dziegielewski, Southern Illinois Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues

Abstract: The city of Phoenix, a fast growing metropolitan area, set in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, seems to have reached the limits of the western water frontier. Presently, Phoenix has to rely on water transfers and conservation in order to avert the threat of permanent shortages of water supply. The case study of Phoenix, which is presented in this paper, illustrates the effects of some legal, institutional and environmental concerns on the practice of planning for urban water supplies in the Southwest.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Water conservation | Urban areas | Water shortage | Arid lands | Environmental issues | Water demand | Municipal water | Arizona | North America | Phoenix | United States

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