2nd Edition

Production, Use, and Sustainability of Groundwater Groundwater Economics, Volume 1

By Charles A. Job Copyright 2021
    435 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    435 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Groundwater is becoming increasingly scarce while the demand for water continues to grow at a global scale. Understanding groundwater resources and their sustainable management is imperative for the future of groundwater use, conservation and protection. This revised and updated two-volume set, focused on sustainability, covers the economic values of groundwater production and use, including micro- and macroeconomic factors, groundwater markets, economic evaluation tools, climate change, transboundary issues and policy evaluation. It explores numerous applications and describes ways to evaluate the economics of groundwater use in the context of the larger ecosystem and the natural capital it provides.


    • Includes an important new chapter on groundwater sustainability management
    • Addresses new examples of groundwater use that are applicable at both the local and international levels
    • Provides the foundation for policy, program and project analysis for all major uses of groundwater
    • Updates groundwater use data along with explanations of major production costs and use benefits
    • Gives a new perspective on users’ competition for the subsurface environment

    Production, Use, and Sustainability of Groundwater, Second Edition, the first volume of the two-volume set Groundwater Economics, is a must-have for any professional or student who needs to understand, evaluate and manage water resources from a range of production and use perspectives affecting groundwater resource sustainability.

    1. An Introduction to the Economics of Groundwater

    2. Groundwater in the Ecosystem

    3. Groundwater in the Economy

    4. Groundwater Law

    5. Microeconomics and Groundwater Markets

    6. Groundwater Access and Supply: Wells, Aquifer Recharge

    7. Groundwater Quality Treatment and Waste Disposal

    8. Groundwater Consumption for Health and Food

    9. Mineral Extraction, Geothermal Exchange and Manufacturing

    10. Competing Uses and Value of Groundwater and the Subsurface Environment

    11. Sustainable Development Concepts

    12. Sustainable Groundwater Resources Management


    Charles Job currently serves as Regulatory Affairs Manager for the National Ground Water Association and also addresses groundwater resource sustainability. He previously worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 29 years, having served as Supervisory Hydrologist in the Groundwater Protection Program beginning in 1989 and from 2000-2015 as the Drinking Water Infrastructure Branch chief.   At the Agency, Chuck worked with states to utilize a backlog of over $2 billion in infrastructure financial assistance and also led critical work in standards and risk management, underground injection control, regulatory coordination, and information collection.  During part of his Agency tenure, Chuck worked in EPA Region V-Chicago in groundwater protection and water quality standards planning. Previously, Chuck worked as a planner for Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Basin Commission and as a financial analyst for Fortune 500 companies. He also was a charter participant in the recent development of the National Ground Water Monitoring Network, a multi-agency-private sector data sharing project. Chuck earned master’s degrees in Environmental Science (Miami University) and Applied Economics (University of Michigan). He holds credentials as a sustainability professional with the US Green Building Council.

    This book will be of interest to just about anyone, who searches for, develops, or attempts the governance, or management of groundwater. Each volume could easily, stand on its own to serve as a course text exclusively servicing or supplementing a graduate level course in Environmental Economics, Environmental Water Transactions, Groundwater Engineering, or The Business of Water.

    W. Todd Jarvis - Book Review -  Published in Vol. 59, No. 6–Groundwater–November-December 2021 - National GroundWater Association