Water Conservation Planning: Developing a Strategic Plan for Socially Acceptable Demand Control Programs
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Purpose: Conservation planning and water system management is highly regulated. Many government subdivisions exert direct or indirect control over the actions of water supply agencies. These government and regulatory agencies often have conflicting goals and requirements. This study is designed to help water supply agencies develop demand control programs that will be socially acceptable in their service area and, therefore, successful. Method: This research examines relevant literature and develops a set of questions designed to assist water supply agencies develop strategic demand control plans. The questions developed by this research should allow small water supply agencies that do not have the resources and expertise required to devote to strategic planning to focus attention on relevant subject matter and spur discussion that will reduce the time needed to develop their conservation plan. These questions were submitted to water resource management professionals for their critical evaluation. Findings Water management professionals generally have no guide for the development of strategic water management plans. This study provides a starting place. The comments of water management professionals helped to refine this set of questions and test the study for relevance and efficacy.