Diminishing water resources

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Cities/regions
Policy issue: Environment
Description: Declining quality and insufficient quantity of water resources.
Symptoms: Ground water pollution; contaminated water supplies (20% shows some level of contamination); diminishing supplies of water for agricultural and industrial purposes. Causes Industries discharging untreated waste into streams and municipal sewer systems; toxic wastes escaping from dump sites; dirt, sludge and silt from farms, streets, mines, garbage dumps, etc.; water delivery systems are decaying or collapsing; adequate funds are not provided; states and regions are fighting over ownership rights and distribution of water.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Federal, state and local governments; universities and research institutes; construction and waste disposal industries.
Goal: Reduce existing levels of water pollution, and develop projects for gaining and sharing water resources.
Program area: Ecological development
Program-remedy: 1. Provide regulations and funding to ensure that industrial and municipal waste-water is properly treated
2. Provide funding for cleaning up community water supplies
3. Provide mechanism and funding for developing and distributing fairly water resources available.
Program-prevent: Develop a National Water Resource Policy, to provide for the development and sharing of water resources.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Water consumers; business and industry.

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