With water shortages constraining food production growth, the world needs an effort to raise water productivity similar to the one that nearly tripled land productivity over the last half-century. Since 70 percent of world water use is devoted to irrigation, raising irrigation efficiency is central to raising water productivity overall.
Publications & Media
Wading into Uncertain Waters: Using Markets to Transfer Water Rights in Canada – Possibilities and Pitfalls
Oliver Brandes (120p) – October 2008
In Canada, continued dialogue, increased udnerstanding of policy options, and careful ground rules are basic pre-requisites before any expansion of the role of markets as a water allocation tool should even be considered.
Water resources, even in developed nations like the United States, are being threatened by climate change, drought, population growth, waste and the growing demand for energy, which requires enormous amounts of water.
Liz Hendricks (120p)
Because of the infrastructure deficit, communities cannpt afford huge capital costs to continually expand water treatment facilities and handling systems.
Dalhousie University’s Eco-Efficiency Centre publishes Industrial Best Practices for Water Management Guide
The report covers the current state of water management in industrial parks and discusses the implications that inefficient water use can have on operating costs and public perceptions of environmental responsibility.
RUNNING DRY:Much of the world is desperately short of fresh water. Are future water wars inevitable?
The dry bed of Australias Murray River
Macleans Magazine – 06 July 2009
From Tofino to Tucson, water experts are reporting similar climatic trends: a longer dry season, less snow, more rain and earlier spring melts.
New book titled “Water System Science and Policy Interfacing” examines the issue of integrating science into policy
cover – Water System Science and Policy Interfacing
This book examines the issue of integrating science into policy, with an emphasis on water system knowledge and related policies. An important feature of the book is the discussion of science-policy interfacing needs.
Smart spending on sustainable water infrastructure can create thousands of green jobs, reduce our $31-billion water infrastructure deficit and conserveCanada’s water. These investments can be deployed quickly with lasting economic and environmental benefits
Going with the Flow? Evolving Water Allocations and the Potential and Limits of Water Markets in Canada
Oliver Brandes – cover for Going with the Flow (300p)
This report describes some of the key mechanisms available to allocate water in times of scarcity, with a particular focus on markets and market mechanisms. It highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages.
An up-to-date customer information system (CIS) is an essential component of an effective water utility business. These systems are responsible for a wide range of key business activities including billing, managing credit and collections, tracking water consumption, and responding to customers' needs.