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Thirsty CitiesHow Indian Cities Can Meet their Water Needs$
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M. Dinesh Kumar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099550

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099550.001.0001

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Physical Choices for Water Supply Management in Urban Areas

Physical Choices for Water Supply Management in Urban Areas

(p.74) 5 Physical Choices for Water Supply Management in Urban Areas
Thirsty Cities

M. Dinesh Kumar

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the strategies for improving effective availability of water in terms of quality and quantity in urban areas for sustaining water supplies to meet the growing demands. This is done for different urban typologies defined by a combination of physical characteristics viz. hydrological regime, geological setting terrain conditions, and climate. For this, conventional water supply options such as surface water and groundwater are first explored. But, while doing this, physical feasibility, economic viability, environmental sustainability, and water quality considerations are integrated in the decision-making framework. Besides the conventional systems, the potential of unconventional options to augment the supplies such as storm water management, collection of water from urban roof catchments and desalination of salt water, including saline groundwater, are explored from the point of view of technical feasibility and economic viability.

Keywords:   roof water catchment, reverse osmosis, desalination, physical feasibility, environmental sustainability, economic viability, groundwater, surface water

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