A Regional Approach to Drinking Water Management: NL-BC Comparative Water Systems Study

Breen, Sarah-Patricia and Minnes, Sarah (2015) A Regional Approach to Drinking Water Management: NL-BC Comparative Water Systems Study. Research Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Abstract

Water is recognized as a basic human right, a critical service, a fundamental for sustainability, and a building block for resilience. In Canada, rural areas face unique challenges when it comes to drinking water management (e.g., multi-use watersheds, low population density, lack of economies of scale). Not only are these challenges in the present, but these unique issues are also important in terms of future adaptation and can act as barriers to future community and regional resilience. Research indicates that while managing drinking water is a critical issue for rural Canada, current management approaches appear to be ill equipped to address this issue, particularly in the context of regional resilience. In this report we propose a new approach to managing drinking water, using the regional scale and incorporating best practices related to regional development, new regionalism, regional resilience, water management, and sustainable infrastructure.

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12794
Item ID: 12794
Additional Information: 2013-14 Harris Centre - RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund
Department(s): Divisions > The Harris Centre
Date: April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia
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