Water Supply and Conservation in a Desert City

by Ben Dziegielewski, Southern Illinois Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues


The city of Phoenix, a fast growing metropolitan area, set in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, seems to have reached the limits of the western water frontier. Presently, Phoenix has to rely on water transfers and conservation in order to avert the threat of permanent shortages of water supply. The case study of Phoenix, which is presented in this paper, illustrates the effects of some legal, institutional and environmental concerns on the practice of planning for urban water supplies in the Southwest.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Water supply | Urban areas | Municipal water | Arid lands | Water shortage | Water demand | Legal affairs | Arizona | United States | Phoenix

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