Urban Water Management in the 21st Century

by Daniel A. Okun, Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource?In Search of Solutions


The rapid growth of cities is placing heavy demands on limited water resources. While conservation and demand management programs have been recognized as essential elements of urban water policy, they alone will not be adequate to meet future urban water demands. More rational allocation of water resources and the reclamation of urban wastewaters for nonpotable reuse are necessary in the present planning of capital projects to provide water for the additional two to three billion people who will be living in cities early in the 21st century.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water reclamation | Water management | Water conservation | Urban areas | Municipal water | Water treatment

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