Water Supply Systems Planning with Water Transfers

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by Jay R. Lund, Univ of California, Davis, United States,
Morris Israel, Univ of California, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation

Abstract: This study examines the recent use of water transfers in California, particularly during the current drought. The emphasis is on how planners and operators of federal, state, and local water systems can integrate water transfers into the planning and operations of their systems. The study identifies many motivations for using water transfers in water supply systems, reviews a variety of transfer types, and discusses the integration of water transfers with traditional supply expansion and water conservation measures. Some limitations, constraints, and difficulties for employing water transfers within existing systems are also discussed. The study focuses primarily on technical, planning, and operational aspects of water transfers, rather than the legal, economic, and social implications which have received extensive attention elsewhere. More complete presentation of this work appears in Lund, et al. (1992).

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Water conservation | Water resources | Water use | Droughts | North America | California | United States

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