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What is Water Management? Meaning.
Water management is the whole of activities that aims to plan, develop, distribute and make optimum use of ground, surface and marine water resources under defined water policies and regulations.
It includes: management of water treatment of drinking water, industrial water, sewage or wastewater, management of water resources, management of flood protection, management of irrigation, and management of the water table. It has:
Water management is sometimes also referred to as: hydrology, water resource management or water cycle management.
Challenges in Water Management
Water is a crucial resource for all life on Earth. Of the water resources on our planet only 3% is fresh. About two-thirds of this 3% is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. Of the remaining 1%, a fifth is in remote, inaccessible areas.
Moreover, seasonal rainfall in monsoonal deluges and resulting floods are difficult to control and use.
Water is becoming increasingly scarce due to growing population, etc. Although there are major differences between countries in the availability of clean, safe water for drinking, sanitation, manufacturing, leisure and agriculture.
Successful management of water resources requires accurate knowledge of the resources available, the uses to which they may be put, the competing demands for the resources, measures to and processes to evaluate the significance and worth of competing demands and mechanisms to translate policy decisions into practical actions.
Examples of water management
Here is a list of some typical water management topics:
Changes in water management
Due to climate change, sea level rise, soil subsidence and increasing pressure on scarce available space, there is an increasing awareness worldwide of the need to deal with water more professionally. Ancient technical measures and solutions are no longer sufficient. Governments, civil society organizations and market parties are looking for other, more sustainable solutions. This change is sometimes referred to as the water transition.
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