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The Water-Sustainable City

Science, Policy and Practice

David L. Feldman

Cities place enormous pressures on freshwater quality and availability because they are often located some distance from the water sources needed by their populations. This fact compels planners to build infrastructure to divert water from increasingly distant outlying rural areas, thus disrupting their social fabric and environment. In addition, increasing urbanization due to population growth, economic change, and sprawl places huge burdens upon the institutions, as well as the infrastructure, that deliver, protect, and treat urban water. This book assesses the challenges facing the world’s cities in providing reliable, safe, and plentiful supplies through infrastructural, economic, legal, and political strategies.
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David L. Feldman

This book was partially supported by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (OISE-1243543).

I wish to add special thanks to two former UCI students, Michael Sahimi and Neeta Bijoor, for their contributions to the book. Although neither one was properly a part of the PIRE project from which much of the book’s ideas stem, both undertook important research on water conservation projects while at UCI and their analyses and findings are featured in Chapters 6 and 8, respectively.