Conflict Over Urban Water: An Economic Perspective

by Leonard Shabman, Virginia Tech, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


Water conflicts in the East are associated primarily with infrequent proposals by public water systems to move water across political boundaries. Also, most conflicts arise among political jurisdictions, public agencies, and interest groups rather than among individual water users. In fact, the 'eastern water problem' can be attributed to obstacles to negotiation among these interests. This paper draws upon economics to describe sources of water conflict.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Water policy | Urban areas | Economic factors | Water resources | Water rights | Water supply | Water supply systems

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