Application of Social Science Research Products in Urban Water Resources Planning

by William R. Mee, Jr., City of Phoenix Water and Wastewater, Dept, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


Phoenix was spurred to action in 1981 because of the projected depletion of one of its surface water supplies by the summer of 1982. In addressing the projected near-term crisis, it quickly became apparent that Phoenix had a long-term problem as well as a short-term one. In addition, the city organization was ill-prepared to deal with the demands of securing its water resources future. It lacked an adequate long-range plan. This paper describes how Phoenix responded to those deficiencies and how it has recently begun to make use of some of the work of the social sciences. Subjects covered include the development of water resources planning in Phoenix, water conservation marketing study, public opinion survey, emergency retrofit program evaluation, and others.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water conservation | Social factors | Municipal water | Water supply | Project management | Urban areas | Hydraulic engineering | Arizona | United States | Phoenix

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