Water Quality Management in the Americas

  • Asit K. Biswas
  • Benedito Braga
  • Cecilia Tortajada
  • Diego J. Rodriguez

Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Luis E. García
    Pages 1-15
  3. Clifford S. Russell, Christopher D. Clark
    Pages 17-45
  4. Sarah A. Cline, Mark W. Rosegrant, Claudia Ringler
    Pages 47-60
  5. K. William Easter, Robert C. Johansson
    Pages 61-78
  6. Benedito Braga, Monica Porto, Luciano Meneses
    Pages 79-94
  7. José Nilson B. Campos, Francisco Assis de Souza-Filho
    Pages 107-117
  8. Felipe I. Arreguín-Cortés, Enrique Mejía-Maravilla
    Pages 119-136
  9. Ricardo Sandoval-Minero, Raúl Almeida-Jara
    Pages 147-165
  10. Raul Rodriguez, Suzanne Gallagher O’Neal
    Pages 167-177
  11. Maureen Ballestero, Virginia Reyes
    Pages 179-200
  12. Guillermo Donoso, Oscar Melo
    Pages 229-251
  13. Javier Blanco, Zulma Guzmán
    Pages 253-283
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 285-296

About this book


Considerable attention has been given during the past few years to the water crisis that many regions of the world may face in the coming decades. While the mag- tude and the extent of the global water scarcity problems of the future should not be underestimated, a serious analysis of the current trends indicate that the main water crisis in the coming years is most likely to stem primarily from water quality deterioration and lack of investment funds, rather than from physical water scar- ties per se, as is widely expected at present. In spite of the seriousness of continuing water quality deterioration in most countries of the world, water quality management continues to be a somewhat - glected issue in the international water community. Even the magnitudes and - tents of the water quality problems are not reliably known in many developed countries and in nearly all developing ones. Accordingly, in order to assess the current situation in water quality management in the Americas, and to discuss the alternatives available to improve the existing and future water quality conditions in a cost-effective and timely manner, the Third World Centre for Water M- agement in Mexico, the National Water Agency in Brazil (Agência Nacional de Águas), and the Inter-American Development Bank organised a workshop on “Water Quality Management for the Americas,” in Fortaleza, Brazil, 12-13 April 2004.


Institution Policy developing countries development pollution wastewater wastewater treatment water water pollution water treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Asit K. Biswas
    • 1
  • Benedito Braga
    • 2
  • Cecilia Tortajada
    • 1
  • Diego J. Rodriguez
    • 3
  1. 1.Third World Centre for Water ManagementEstado de MéxicoMexico
  2. 2.National Water AgencyBrasilia, DFBrazil
  3. 3.Environment Division Sustainable Development Dept.Inter-American Development BankWashington, DCUSA

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