Wastewater Reuse for Peri-Urban Agriculture: A Viable Option for Adaptive Water Management?

Kurian, Mathew, Reddy, V. Ratna, Dietz, Ton and Brdjanovic, Damir, (2013). Wastewater Reuse for Peri-Urban Agriculture: A Viable Option for Adaptive Water Management?. Sustainability Science, 8(1), 47-59

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    Author Kurian, Mathew
    Reddy, V. Ratna
    Dietz, Ton
    Brdjanovic, Damir
    Title Wastewater Reuse for Peri-Urban Agriculture: A Viable Option for Adaptive Water Management?
    Appearing in Sustainability Science
    Volume 8
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher Springer
    Start page 47
    End page 59
    Language eng
    Abstract Urbanization is known to spur land modification in the form of conversion of common land to human settlements. This factor, combined with climate variability, can alter the duration, frequency and intensity of storm drain overflows in urban areas and lead to public health risks. In peri-urban regions where these risks are especially high it has been argued that, when domestic wastewater is managed, better prospects for freshwater water savings through swaps between urban water supply and irrigated agriculture may be possible. As a consequence of re-use of domestic wastewater, expenditure on inorganic inputs by farmers may decline and source sustainability of water supply could be enhanced. Given the fact that, at present, approximately 20 million ha of land worldwide is being cultivated by re-using domestic wastewater, this paper draws on evidence from India to explore: (1) the economic costs–benefits of wastewater reuse in the context of hypothesized links to climate variability; (2) the role of local farming practices, market conditions and crop variety in influencing wastewater reuse in agriculture; and (3) the role of inter-governmental financing in influencing the selection of technical adaptation options for collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater.
    UNBIS Thesaurus SANITATION
    PUBLIC HEALTH
    CLIMATE
    WATER
    PUBLIC SERVICES
    Keyword Peri-urban
    Climate variability
    Adaptation
    Asia
    Copyright Holder Springer
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1007/s11625-012-0178-0
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