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Economics of Water Reuse Plans for Urban Areas with Natural Capital Valuation

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Balancing ecologic principles, water withdrawal and resource recovery in terms of water reclamation to promote a sustainable future for our environment is an extremely important aspect of using our waters wisely. Water reclamation is one tool that can play an important role in stretching limited water resources as it can decrease total water withdrawals and increase resource recovery and return flows, thus contributing to restoring and maintaining flows necessary for supporting health aquatic ecosystems and other in-stream water uses such as recreation.

The use of natural capital valuation as a tool to properly value water reclamation can be a win-win-win for the community, environment and water or wastewater utility and promotes a more accurate depiction of the true value of water reclamation. This paper summarizes the benefits of applying natural capital valuation to reclamation projects and proposes a methodology for offsets.
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Keywords: aquatic habitat; capital cost; carbon credit; natural capital valuation; net present value; reclamation; sustainability; water quality; water resources

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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