Communities across the United States are faced with decisions about building water infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population. To help make these decisions, water utilities often rely on forecasts that project water use 20 or 30 years into the future. The Pacific Institute has created this guidebook to encourage community involvement in water infrastructure decisions based on demand forecasts. The guidebook gives background information on the practice of demand forecasting, and provides a list of questions that are helpful to evaluate the quality of a water demand forecast.
In Tanzania, between Moshi and Arusha, you come across a small town called Usa River, which is situated on the banks of its namesake: the Usa River, a tributary of the Kikuletwa and then eventually Pangani River.
There is broad recognition that adapting to climate change, coupled with the need to address aging infrastructure, population growth, and degraded ecosystems, will require rethinking programs and policies and investing in our natural and built water systems.
Pressures on water resources are intensifying due to aging infrastructure, population growth, and climate change, among other factors. With vast expanses of water-intensive turf grass and large impervious surfaces, most urbanized communities are ill-adapted to these pressures.
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