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1st Edition

Integrated Urban Water Management: Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

Edited By

Larry Mays

ISBN 9780415453493
Published March 18, 2009 by CRC Press
228 Pages

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Book Description

The Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) is an emerging approach to managing the entire urban water cycle in an integrated way, which is key to achieving the sustainability of urban water resources and services. The IUWM incorporates: the systematic consideration of the various dimensions of water, including surface and groundwater resources, quality and quantity issues; the implication that while water is a system it is also a component which interacts with other systems; and the interrelationships between water and social and economic development.

Integrated Urban Water Management: Arid and Semi-Arid Regions – the outcome of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme project on the topic – examines the integrated management of water resources in urban settings, focusing on issues specific to arid and semi-arid regions and on what make them different from other regions. The urban water management system is considered herein as two integrated major entities; water supply management and water excess management. The first six chapters provide an overview of the various aspects of IUWM in arid and semi-arid regions, with emphasis on water supply technologies, such as artificial recharge, water transfers, desalination, and harvesting of rainfall. Water excess management is examined in the context of both the stormwater management system and the floodplain management system. Case studies from developed and developing countries are presented in order to emphasize the various needs and challenges of water management in urban environments in arid and semi-arid regions around the world.

Table of Contents

List of Figures 
List of Tables 
List of Contributors
1 Introduction 
1.1 Water scarcity in arid and semi-arid regions 
1.2 In the beginning 
1.3 The urban water cycle and urbanization 
1.4 The integrated urban water system 
1.5 Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM): The big picture 
1.6 Water resources sustainability 
1.7 Focus of case studies 

2 Arid and semi-arid regions: What makes them different? 
2.1 Physical features 
2.2 Climate 
2.3 Hydrology 
2.4 Urban water management 

3 Integrated water supply management in arid and semi-arid regions 
3.1 Overall subsystem components and interactions: Conventional systems 
3.2 Water reclamation and reuse 
3.3 Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) 
3.4 Desalination 
3.5 Water transfers 
3.6 Rainfall harvesting 

4 Integrated water excess management in arid and semi-arid regions 
4.1 Overall subsystem components and interactions 
4.2 Impacts of urbanization on stormwater 
4.3 Recommendations for research 

5 Interactions and issues of urban water management 
5.1 Principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) 
5.2 Water laws and policies 
5.3 Institutional framework 
5.4 Vulnerability of urban water systems 
5.5 Tools and models for integrated urban water management 

6 Opportunities and challenges 
6.1 Realizations 
6.2 Gambling with water in the desert 
References (Chapters 1–6)

I Water and wastewater management in Mexico City
Blanca Jimenez 
II Integrated urban water management in the Tucson, Arizona metropolitan area
Robert G. Arnold and Katherine P. Arnold 
III Upper Awash River System in Ethiopia
Messele Z. Ejeta, Getu F. Biftu and Dagnachew A. Fanta 
IV Water treatment for urban water management in China
Jun Ma, Xiaohong Guan and Liqiu Zhang 
V Challenges for urban water management in Cairo, Egypt: The need for sustainable solutions
El Said M. Ahmed and Mohamed A. Ashour 


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