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Rainwater Harvesting And Utilisation
An Environmentally Sound Approach for
Urban Water Management: An Introductory Guide for Decision-Makers
In most urban
areas, population is increasing rapidly and the issue of supplying adequate water
to meet societal needs and to ensure equity in access to water is one of the most
urgent and significant challenges faced by decision-makers.
With respect to the physical alternatives to fulfil sustainable
management of freshwater, there are two solutions: finding alternate or additional
water resources using conventional centralised approaches; or better utilising
the limited amount of water resources available in a more efficient way. To date,
much attention has been given to the first option and only limited attention has
been given to optimising water management systems.
Among the various alternative technologies to augment freshwater resources, rainwater
harvesting and utilisation is a decentralised, environmentally sound solution,
which can avoid many environmental problems often caused in conventional large-scale
projects using centralised approaches.
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