The Rule of Unintended Consequences: Sydney's Water Supply Strategy
Abstract:This paper analyses recent developments in the Sydney Metropolitan Region that may affect the viability of the city in the longer term. Parts of Australia have recently experienced a long drought with a consequently heightened political interest in the problem of sufficient water storage to outlast a future drought. Serious consideration has been given to the development of a desalination plant and a nuclear power plant in Sydney to assure the long-term viability of the water supply system. There has been limited discussion between the engineering and political community about this long-term water supply strategy. The strategy introduces a significant number of complexities into planning a response to a major disaster, such as an earthquake, and may lead to a reduction in the ability of the city to survive such a disaster. This paper reviews the decision-making process for Sydney's water supply strategy and considers the potential unintended consequences and alternatives
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 29, 2006
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