Water Quality Management in Urban Areas: The Challenge for Central and Eastern Europe

Somlyody L (1992). Water Quality Management in Urban Areas: The Challenge for Central and Eastern Europe. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-92-053

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Abstract

The paper discusses past development and present state of urban water resources systems in Central and Eastern Europe which are far from the level of Western countries. High utility loops contribute significantly to often serious contamination of receiving waters. Capital costs of extending the existing capacities of urban water infrastructures are enormous. The management of urban pollutions requires careful planning on the basis of setting national priorities and international ones for shared water resources. The role of systematically prepared laws and environmental legislation is stressed. Main elements of short-term and long-term strategies are outlined. They incorporate among others the introduction of flexible standards and economic instruments for the entire water consumption cycle, a precise scheduling of actions needed furthermore the application of alternative and innovative technologies. The latter are discussed with special emphasis on short-term effectiveness and gradual extension possibilities considering urban and rural areas, and approaches to efficiently close material cycles.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:01
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2016 08:45
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/3645

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