Thirsty Cities: How Indian Cities Can Meet their Water Needs

Hardcover | October 22, 2014

byM. Dinesh Kumar

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Urban water management is an important challenge for many developing countries of the world, characterized as they are by high development economics, rapid urbanization, and unregulated industrialization. With urban population increasing by 38.1 million from 2001 to 2011, infrastructure inIndian cities, including water supply, has come under enormous pressure. A number of solutions from rainwater harvesting to community participation and public-private partnerships have been suggested. This book argues against these fragmented approaches and presents an Integrated Urban WaterManagement (IUWM) framework for India. The author elucidates how IUWM takes a comprehensive approach to urban water services, viewing water supply, storm water, and waste water as components of an integrated physical system and recognizes that the physical system sits within an organizational framework and a broader natural landscape. Hediscusses how the policies for sustainable urban water management will be decided by the type of physical interventions, economic instruments, and institutional changes required for achieving the goal of IUWM. Since these would change across localities, the policies also will have to be differentfor different localities.

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Urban water management is an important challenge for many developing countries of the world, characterized as they are by high development economics, rapid urbanization, and unregulated industrialization. With urban population increasing by 38.1 million from 2001 to 2011, infrastructure inIndian cities, including water supply, has come...

Dinesh Kumar is the Executive Director, Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy (IRAP), Hyderabad, India. He is also the Associate Editor for Water Policy, IWA Publishing along with being an editorial board member of the International Journal of Water Resources Development. He is also the Member Secretary of Society for Integrated ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pagesPublished:October 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019809955X

ISBN - 13:9780198099550

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List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementsPrefaceList of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. Why Is Sustainable Urban Water Management Critical for Survival of Cities?3. The Challenge of Sustainable Urban Water Management in Developing Economies4. Deriving a Town-level WATSAN Vulnerability Index for Urban Areas5. Physical Choices for Water Supply Management in Urban Areas6. Technological Choices for Reducing Water Demand in Different Urban Landscapes7. Economic Instruments for Water Demand Management in Urban Areas8. Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Water Management: Institutional Reforms9. Organizational Strengthening for Urban Water Management10. Institutional Arrangements for Urban Water Management11. Improving Urban Water Governance12. Policies and Legal Framework for Sustainable Urban Water Management13. Summary of Findings and ConclusionsReferencesIndex