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Water Resources and Quality
Water resources and quality

Water is essential for life. Water is intertwined in all facets of life—basic human needs, energy production, agriculture, industrial output, even spirituality. There is no replacement for freshwater. The management of water resources is a critical factor in the rise of modern civilization. Whether modifying water systems to meet human needs, as in the case of Mesopotamia's irrigation systems, or adapting human practices to insurmountable natural forces as the ancient Egyptians did with the Nile floods, civilizations have developed and thrived from the beneficial management of water resources. While conflict between users and uses of water resources have in the past been primarily about quantity, since the 1970s, there has been an increased focus of attention on water ...

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