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Collaborative Teaming Drives Successful Implementation of Sustainable Water Project

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Today's water authorities have been presented with difficult decisions to make as water supplies grow more stressed by overconsumption. Water is essential to all human life, yet the current management of our water supply in the United States does not treat water like the finite resource that it is. For decades, humans have been taking and consuming with no concern for how their actions affect the future's water supplies. All areas, water-rich and water-scarce, are realizing that current planning needs to be improved. The water supplies of today should be able to sustain the world's population for centuries to come. This paper will discuss the current approach to water supply management that is failing to sustain water supplies for future generations. It will present an alternative approach to this system that is a more sustainable way to address current and future water supply needs. We will present how this approach involves collaborative teaming through the use of the right stakeholders and tools in the framework of a helpful decision-making process. This approach has proved to be successful in the example of the DuPage Water Commission's water conservation program. Through a discussion of this case study, we will demonstrate the success of the program as a way to provide evidence of the success of this approach.
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Keywords: Water conservation; collaboration; stakeholder engagement; sustainable water supply planning

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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