Solutions to Institutional Constraints in Water Marketing

by Gregg S. Ten Eyck, (M.ASCE), Leonard Rice Consulting Water, Engineers Inc, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure and Marketing in Water Resources


Free market advocates are attracted by the prospect of an economics-driven allocation system of freely transferrable water rights. Engineers see an opportunity to find wet water for their clients, and to design pipelines and conveyance structures to effect the transfers. However, those who are opposed to changes in the status quo have found that there are many 'institutional constraints' which make water marketing easier to discuss than to accomplish. This paper provides a general discussion of some of the institutional constraints encountered and discusses some solutions which have been applied or proposed.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water pipelines | Water management | Water supply | Resource management | Economic factors | Water rights | Client relationships

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