Local Resources in Developing Country Water Supplies

by Rick McGowan, ARD Inc, Burlington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Maximizing the use of local resources in water supply projects can expand markets for locally produced equipment and materials, reduce exports and minimize expenditures of hard currency reserves, enhance technical and management skills and generate local employment, and take advantage of the significant investment in local technicians' expertise with specific kinds of equipment and procedures. Using local resources can help reduce the cost of transportation of equipment and materials, as well as reducing rapidly increasing demand for improved basic physical infrastructure, such as rural roads. These results will enhance the long term sustainability of water systems installed by development projects.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water supply | Water management | Developing countries | Water supply systems | Equipment and machinery | Benefit cost ratios | Infrastructure

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