The Development of Metropolitan Water Markets: Seattle, Washington 1887-1987

by Jay R. Lund, Univ of California, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper applies the case-study approach to examine the development of metropolitan water markets and its implications for central city and suburban water districts. The greater Seattle, Washington, metropolitan water supply is examined over the period from 1887 until 1987. Subjects covered include historical growth of Seattle's metropolitan water supplies, development of metropolitan water markets, planning implications, operation of metropolitan water markets, and implications for establishing water markets.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Water supply | Water resources | Business management | Case studies | Municipal water | Urban and regional development | Suburbs | Washington | United States | Seattle

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