Urban water supply: A case study of South-East Queensland

Glyn Wittwer

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    South-east Queensland suffered a record drought for several years after 2005 while accounting for almost one quarter of Australia?s entire population growth. This resulted in an urban water supply crisis. The state government?s response was to plan new dams, construct pipelines to create a water grid, and build a massive recycling plant and a desalination plant. Policy makers are in an invidious position, in so far as they will be accused of not preparing for the future should they underinvest in water infrastructure. Were a drought to continue indefinitely, it would be possible to justify much of the new infrastructure. Yet with a return of average rains, analysts may regard some of the new infrastructure as an excessively expensive means of maintaining a secure water supply.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEconomic Modeling of Water: The Australian CGE Experience
    EditorsGlyn Wittwer
    Place of PublicationDordrecht Netherlands
    Pages143 - 162
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9789400728752
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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