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Adapting to Climate Change: Comparison of International Best Practices

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Demand for water has been on the rise as a result of population and development growth. At the same time, an increased occurrence of extreme weather arising from climate change reduces the reliability of water supplies from existing sources. Under the circumstances, water providers across the globe strive to identify sustainable, cost-effective and politically acceptable programs for managing their water resources. Water utilities must adapt to climate change impacts using whatever information is currently available. Efforts to deal with these impacts include both water and energy conservation programs such as leak detection and correction, water recycling and reuse, desalination, and energy-efficient infrastructure and processes. International approaches to climate change adaptation are compared to determine best practices.

Keywords: Water resources; climate change; planning; sustainability; water supply

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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