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Water Resources

  • Agnieszka StecEmail author
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Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 90)

Abstract

Water resources are particularly important among other natural resources available on the globe. Water is the most widespread substance that plays a very important role both for the environment and in human life. It is necessary for all known living organisms to function properly. The most important are the resources of fresh water, which for centuries people have been using for various purposes. For hundreds of years, the human impact on these resources was small and had a more local character. The natural properties of water resources enabling their self-purification and renewal have allowed for a long time keeping them in good quality and quantity. This gave birth to the conviction that water resources were unchanged and not inexhaustible, which in turn caused excessive and unlimited exploitation in combination with minimal activities aimed at protecting their quality (Shiklomanov 1998).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, Department of Infrastructure and Water ManagementRzeszow University of TechnologyRzeszówPoland

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