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TECHNOLOGIES AND STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER: A FORWARD VIEW FROM A POSITION OF HINDSIGHT

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Steadily increasing needs for multiple reuse of water, and associated implications for human health, robust environments, and balanced ecosystems, are realities of our time. Sustainability demands that these realities be factored into the science and technology policies and practices of humankind. There is mounting concern in this context about the ability of current water supply practice to meet future needs in a completely competent manner. This concern lends urgency to the development of technologies and strategies with which to address human interrelationships with, dependencies upon, and responsibilities to our fresh water resources. The concept of an alternative approach to the water strategies and practices of industrially and economically mature nations is presented in this lecture. The concept is advanced not in a spirit of prescription, but rather to stimulate innovative thinking that may lead us to potable water sustainability in a more competent and timely manner.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864700784607640

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

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