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  • Water Rights

    The term "water rights" refers to the right (formal or informal entitlement) of a user to use water from a water source, e.g., a river, stream, pond or source of groundwater. In areas with plentiful water and few users, such systems are generally not complicated or contentious. In other areas, especially arid areas where irrigation is practiced, such systems are often the source of conflict, both ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Wet water v. paper water: water management under the 1980 Arizona groundwater code.

    The Arizona Groundwater Management Code was enacted in 1980 to address the trend of widespread groundwater depletion across the State. The Code limits withdrawals of groundwater within designated areas (known as Active Management Areas or AMAs) to holders of groundwater rights, service area rights, groundwater withdrawal permits, and small domestic water users. Each AMA is required to maintain a ...


    By Hargis + Associates Inc

  • Private rights, public interests and water use conflicts: evolving water law and policy in Michigan

    Water conflicts are rare across Michigan's history. As a result, water rights have received little attention by courts or the legislature. Traditionally, the common law of water rights in Michigan embraces the riparian doctrine for surface water and provides landowners with the right to use groundwater. However, two recent changes in common and statutory law significantly modify the legal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sustainability of Arizona’s few remaining perennial streams.

    Mother Nature made water simple. In general, water comprises a continuum in whatever phase or phases it may occur. If you take some here, you have less somewhere else. Arizona law does not readily account for this simple concept; rather it arbitrarily divides water into different classes to be regulated as if the classes were somehow distinct and separable. This creation of different classes of ...


    By Hargis + Associates Inc

  • Who Owns Groundwater?

    California’s drought underscores the need to improve how the state - and the rest of us - divvy up a resource in demand. Grapevines march across wires strung along rolling hills, their little trunks improbably supporting heavy black fruit. Cindy Steinbeck’s family has been farming this land since 1920. They grow Zinfandel, Viognier, Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Syrah grapes but are ...


    By Ensia

  • Oman: Guidelines for groundwater abstraction

    Groundwater is a precious resource in Oman, which is designated “National Wealth” by Royal Decree. The concession agreement between Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and the government gives PDO the right to explore and use groundwater. So far PDO has used ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Pharmaceutical occurrence in groundwater and surface waters in forests land‐applied with municipal wastewater

    The occurrence and fate of pharmaceutical and personal care products in the environment are of increasing public importance due to their ubiquitous nature and documented effects on wildlife, ecosystems, and potentially humans. One potential, yet undefined, source of entry of pharmaceuticals into the environment is via the land application of municipal wastewater onto permitted lands. The ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Orchard Highlands - USEPA Arsenic Treatment Demonstration - Goffstown, New Hampshire

    In 2004 AdEdge Technologies Inc. (AdEdge) was selected to implement six fullscale arsenic treatment demonstration projects as part of the USEPA Office of Research and Development arsenic research program (Round 2). These six sites were in addition to three USEPA Round 1 demonstration sites awarded to AdEdge in 2003. The purpose of the research effort is to provide information to fill-in gaps that ...

  • Comparing the conservation effectiveness of private water transactions and public policy reforms in the conserving California landscapes initiative

    Recent efforts by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to reduce the environmental impacts of water impoundment and diversion have pursued two distinct but interacting strategies in California's complex water resources management system: (1) the private acquisition of water rights (wherein the NGO dealt directly with a private citizen and purchased water rights through a willing seller model) for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Fuel oil removal

    Project Profile:Aquifer Solutions Groundwater Remediation DATA: End User: Aquifer Solutions, for Republic Paper Location: Board Commissioned: Commerce City, CO, Fall, 2003 Units: (1) FDB-19P Complete with dedicated Flow Rate: backwash ...


    By Filtra Systems

  • Vertical disparity in electrical conductivity of groundwater: inferring water-bearing fractures in granitic aquifer

    A detailed study was conducted in hard rock terrain for delineating water-bearing fractures using electrical conductivity (EC) logs. The EC logs of groundwater were taken both in pre- and post-monsoon seasons of the year 2001; in 25 borewells in a small granitic watershed at an interval of 1 m right from the water table (though narrow spacing wherever required) till the depth to bottom of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing water demands and coverage sensitivity to climate change in the urban and rural sectors in central Chile

    Snow dominated basins in the subtropics are susceptible to climate change, since evaporation and streamflows are affected, impacting key water sectors and increasing the risk of water shortages. This paper shows an integrated assessment of the impacts of climate change on the major water users in the Maipo Basin of Chile, allowing a direct comparison between competing sectors, describing their ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water management problems in the Copiapó Basin, Chile: markets, severe scarcity and the regulator

    This research focuses on the determination of the factors that led to the failure of water management in the Copiapó Basin in Chile. Interestingly, the existence of full private ownership and free tradability of water rights has not prevented the overexploitation of groundwater resources. In the paper, firstly, water regulation and the role of the regulator in Chile are briefly discussed. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water supply planning & environmental studies

    Client: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Completion Date: 1998 Services Provided Surface water modeling Groundwater modeling Storage reservoir siting and assessment Facility modifications Water supply alternative evaluations Water quality analysis Hydrology and hydraulics ...


    By Burns & McDonnell

  • Sustainable water management with multi-quality recycled water production: the example of San Luis Potosi in Mexico

    This paper presents and discusses the performance, reliability of operation, socio-economic and environmental aspects and benefits of the Tenorio Project in San Luis Potosi. This is the first project in Mexico making possible the production of multi-quality recycled water for planned water reuse for different purposes, including industrial cooling in a power plant, agricultural irrigation, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Groundwater data essential for safety Dutch flood protection works - Case Study

    Client Waterschap Vallei en Veluwe Country The Netherlands The Grebbedijk is a levee located between the municipalities of Wageningen and Rhenen in the Netherlands and protects 250,000 residents in the Gelderse Valley adjacent to the waters of the Lower Rhine (Nederrijn). The Grebbedijk does not comply ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Twin Oaks Treatment Plant Case Study

    Population growth and federal water quality mandates are necessitating water providers across the country invest in new water treatment facilities. Shrinking water supplies are also demanding systems reevaluate how their “dirty” water is utilized. This is particularly true in the Southwest, where water scarcity and growth are nothing new. Northwest Pipe Company’s engineered ...

  • What really drives water vulnerability

    Whether people have the water they need depends on how much water there is and how much demand there is for it, right? Wrong. According to a recent study published in Environmental Research Letters, governance, not pure supply and demand, is the most prevalent factor determining “water vulnerability” — the ...


    By Ensia

  • Hey, America: It’s time to talk about the price of water

    Recent woes have drawn unprecedented attention to the worth of fresh, clean water. Can it change the way we pay for the world’s most undervalued resource? This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the air and a flood of troubles over the UCLA campus. Raging water and mud trapped five people, swamped 1,000 cars ...


    By Ensia

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