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Availability and Allocation

Water Allocation


Because there is often not enough water of a desired quality to satisfy all the demands for its different uses, decisions have to be made on how it will be shared between the users and uses that demand it. This is the practice of water allocation. It is a key universal function of water management whose objective is to maximise the societal benefits derived from water. The societal benefits can be classified as economic, social and environmental, each with a corresponding principle - efficiency, equity and suitability respectively (DINAR et al.

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