Water Resources Management

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 457–475 | Cite as

Groundwater Demand Management in the Great Lakes Basin—Directions for New Policies

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Abstract

Demand-side management should be used to maximize the efficiency of groundwater use. Implementation of conservation measures would decrease the volume of water use and also exert less pressure on the water distribution system as well as the wastewater treatment system. Allocation of ground water in the Great Lakes basin must conform to priorities established at the community level. Groundwater pricing should reflect the full costs arising from ground water use. A differential pricing structure would help conserve water in the residential and industrial sectors. A user-friendly database on ground water use, quality and quantity for the entire Great Lakes basin is also essential. New policies for sustainable groundwater allocation, regulating water prices for water conservation, conservation education, pollution prevention, recycling and reuse of water as well as effective information management provide new directions for managing the groundwater demand in the Great Lakes basin.

Keywords

Great Lakes Groundwater Demand management Allocation Conservation Pricing Pollution prevention Recycling Reuse Information management New policies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and PolicyTorontoCanada

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