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America's Water and Wastewater Crisis

The Role of Private Enterprise, 1st Edition

By Lewis D. Solomon

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240 pages

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This book examines the role of private firms in the American water and wastewater industry. As more water infrastructure shifts from public- to private-sector control, vendors, consultants, and facilities are taking on more importance. Lewis D. Solomon presents an historical overview of water supply and treatment needs and the role of the government, including how water policy has been crafted. He argues that water scarcity is becoming a problem due to groundwater depletion, contamination, and patterns of consumption. He examines the impact of climate change on water availability and quality considering voluntary conservation programs and mandatory restrictions for water use.

Solomon points to how for-profit firms can use technology to increase water supply. He describes what privatization would look like in practice and reviews evidence from two case studies. Solomon proposes privatization as a viable response to America's water crisis that can address both scarcity and capital problems.

America's Water and Wastewater Crisis presents a careful examination of how the water industry has operated in the United States in the past and how it may work as we move into the future. This book is invaluable to environmental specialists, businessmen, and government officials.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1

Part I. Historical Overview
2. The Development, Ownership, Federal Funding
and Regulation of Water and Wastewater Systems
in the United States: A Historical Overview

Part II. Water Scarcity
3. Water Scarcity in the United States, Climate
Change, and Public Sector Conservation Efforts
4. Technology Commercialization by the Private
Sector Increases Water Supplies and Facilitates
Conservation

Part III. Infrastructure Privatization, Comparative
Background, and Privatization Incentives
5. Modes of Privatization, Comparative Background,
and Privatization Incentives
6. Privatization of Water Supply and Wastewater
Treatment Infrastructure: A Conceptual Analysis
7. Privatization in Practice: Evidence from
Empirical Studies
America's Water and Wastewater Crisis
8. Privatization in Practice: Evidence from
Two Case Studies
9. Conclusion: The Role of Private Enterprise in
Meeting America's Water Supply and
Wastewater Treatment Crisis
Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply