Water and energy are inextricably linked as unsound management of either resource can have an impact on the cost, availability, and sustainability of the other. This book explores the "energy for water" component of the water–energy nexus. It offers diverse case studies from around the world including the deserts of Saudi Arabia, rural China, Pakistan’s Indus Basin, arid Greek islands, and urban centers such as Los Angeles. The analyses show that while many regions face unique water scarcity challenges, they are all united by the fact that solutions require mobilizing energy.
This book focuses on how different policies and technologies are changing the way societies use energy to extract, treat, and transport water. In terms of policy, chapters explore how initiatives aimed at reducing demand for water and improved integrated resource planning can lead to energy savings. Regarding technology, case studies highlight the pros and cons of different methods of meeting water demand.
Through exploring both technology and policy across a wide range of diverse case studies, the book offers a robust explanation of the "energy for water" side of the water–energy nexus equation, making it valuable reading for academics and policymakers.
This book was originally published as a special issue as International Journal of Water Resources Development.
1. A framework for understanding energy for water Christopher Napoli and Berenice Garcia-Tellez
2. The energy trade-offs of adapting to a water-scarce future: case study of Los Angeles Kelly Twomey Sanders
3. Quantifying and managing urban water-related energy use systemically: case study lessons from Australia Steven John Kenway and Ka Leung Lam
4. Energy for freshwater supply, use and disposal in the Netherlands: a case study of Dutch households P.W. Gerbens-Leenes
5. Evaluating the economic viability of solar-powered desalination: Saudi Arabia as a case study Christopher Napoli and Bertrand Rioux
6. Responding to water challenges in Greece through desalination: energy considerations A. Kartalidis, E. Tzen, E. Kampragkou and D. Assimacopoulos
7. Modernization of irrigation systems in Spain: review and analysis for decision making Javier Alarcón, Alberto Garrido and Luis Juana
8. Drivers of groundwater use and technical efficiency of groundwater, canal water, and conjunctive use in Pakistan’s Indus Basin Irrigation System Dawit Mekonnen, Afreen Siddiqi and Claudia Ringler
9. Energy for water utilization in China and policy implications for integrated planning Xi Li, Jie Liu, Chunmiao Zheng, Guoyi Han and Holger Hoff
Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.