Conservation in the portfolio of water supply options for regional reservoir planning
Elfner, Mary A.
Keefer, E. Allison
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This paper will outline the key considerations in the structuring of water conservation initiatives that afford local governments requisite flexibility while ensuring that conservation is appropriately incorporated in the portfolio of prospective water supply options. In particular, the fundamental issues involved in implementation of water conservation pricing options as a foundational element in ensuring efficient use of existing water supplies are outlined. As Georgians face the water supply challenges of the 21st century, long-term movements of markets and behaviors will enable achievement of water use efficiency and help ensure the necessity of new water supply development. In that reductions in water demands effectively afford the state an opportunity to realize new ‘sources of supply’, conservation initiatives may be viewed as an investment in the portfolio of resources securing Georgians water future.