Community Water Management

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COMMUNITY WATER MANAGEMENT

Water is needed in all aspects of life. The general objective is to make certain that adequate supplies of water of good quality are maintained for the entire population of this planet, while preserving the hydrological, biological and chemical functions of ecosystems, adapting human activities within the capacity limits of nature and addressing vectors of water-related diseases. Innovative technologies, including the improvement of indigenous technologies, are beneficial to fully utilize limited water resources and to safeguard those resources against pollution.

OVERVIEW

● Community water management

● Water resources assessment

● Water pollution solutions

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COMMUNITY WATER MANAGEMENT

The extent to which water resources development contributes to economic productivity and social well-being is not usually appreciated, although all social and economic activities rely heavily on the supply and quality of freshwater. As populations and economic activities grow, many locations are rapidly reaching conditions of water scarcity or facing limits to economic development. Effective community water management systems create an opportunity for huge progress. The overall objective is to satisfy the freshwater needs of all locations for their sustainable development.

Ideas for those interested in implementation

  • Change priorities from growth to water safety and water conservation
  • Share your ideas here


WATER RESOURCES ASSESSMENT

Water resources assessment, including the identification of potential sources of freshwater supply, comprises the continuing determination of sources, extent, dependability and quality of water resources and of the human activities that affect those resources. Such assessment constitutes the practical basis for their sustainable management and a prerequisite for evaluation of the possibilities for their development. Support of individual and local databases is, however, vital to water resources assessment and to mitigation of the effects of floods, droughts, desertification and pollution.

Ideas for those interested in implementation

  • Develop systems to better use and monitor fresh water supplies suitable for human uses
  • Share you ideas here


WATER POLLUTION SOLUTIONS

Freshwater is a unitary resource. Long-term development of global freshwater would benefit from an holistic management of resources and a recognition of the interconnectedness of the elements related to freshwater and freshwater quality. There are few regions of the world that are still exempt from problems of loss of potential sources of freshwater supply, degraded water quality and pollution of surface and groundwater sources. Ecological and human health effects are the measurable consequences, although the means to monitor them are inadequate or non-existent in many locations. There is a widespread lack of perception of the linkages between the development, management, use and treatment of water resources and aquatic ecosystems. A preventive approach, where appropriate, is crucial to the avoiding of costly subsequent measures to rehabilitate, treat and develop new water supplies.

Ideas for those interested in implementation

  • Take adequate measures to protect water supplies
  • Keep water supplies safe and clean

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