Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters

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Australian cities have traditionally relied for their water on a 'predict-and-provide' philosophy that gives primacy to big engineering solutions. In more recent years privatised water authorities, seeking to maximise consumption and profits, have reinforced the emphasis on increasing supply. Now the cities must cope with the stresses these policies have imposed on the eco-systems from which they harvest water, into which they discharge wastes, and on which they are located. Residents are having to pay more for their water, while the cities themselves are becoming less sustainable. Must we build more dams and desalination plants, or should we be managing the demand for urban water more prudently? This book explores the demand for urban water and how it has changed in response to shifting social mores over the past century. It explains how demand for centralised provision of water might be reshaped to enable the cities to better cope with expected changes in supply as our climate changes. And it discusses the implications of property rights in water for proposals to privatise water services.To date, sewer miners have established sewer-mining operations either over or adjacent to the sewer main on their own ... and enough space to build sewer- mining operations sufficiently distant from residents.16 Nevertheless, sewer mining, ... of all sewage at a given time or alternatively on the basis of an agreed volume, extracted at a fixed rate (Sydney Water ... Further, the provider will be responsible for treating and disposing of its sewage share according to approved standards.

Title:Troubled Waters
Author:Patrick Troy, Patrick Nicol Troy
Publisher:ANU E Press - 2008


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