Water Conservation Needs and Implementing Strategies

by Lester A. Herr, (M.ASCE), Chf. of Bridge Div.; Federal Highway Adm., Washington, D.C.,
Philip L. Thompson, (A.M.ASCE), Chf. Engr.; Federal Highway Adm., Arlington, Va.,
Michael B. Sonnen, (M.ASCE), Principal Engineer; Water Res. Engrs., Inc., Walnut Creek, Calif.,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-198-5 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-198-7 (ISBN-10), 1979, Soft Cover, Pg. 269

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Conference information: Conference on Water Conservation | Rindge, New Hampshire, United States | July 9-13, 1979

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


For several years, water conservation has been espoused and implemented in various locations throughout the country, largely in response to the drought in the West and partially as a political measure to provide new direction or emphasis in national water policy. Since the drought management measures were taken quickly and, by necessity, without supporting data, and since political uses of the concept required no corroboration, it appeared worthwhile to hold a conference of scientists and engineers to discuss the evidence available to recommend conservation and to identify the studies still needed to fill the remaining data and analytical needs. The objective of this conference was to explore three major facets of the water conservation concept: (1)The degree to which legislative, administrative, legal, and political sciences and forces can assist, strengthen, or modify national policies regarding water conservation; (2)the technical, engineering and scientific methods available to reduce overall water consumption through changes in the rate of water supply inputs, demand outflows, and changes in storage; and (3)the financial and economic means available to influence supply-demand conditions or the revenue and price consequences of hydrologic changes.

Subject Headings: Water storage | Water conservation | Water demand | Political factors | Droughts | Information management | Hydrologic data | Fills


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