Water resourse planning is essential step when climate change.
Slow, spread, and sink rather than pave, pipe, and pollute!
Climate change affects planning for water resources in three ways:
Demand for water
Availability of water
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Domestic water use is likely to increase due to hotter summers, mainly due to increased washing and garden watering.
The total impact on industrial water use is uncertain; some uses will increase (e.g. water cooling is less efficient at higher temperatures so the demand may increase) and some will decrease.
Agricultural water demand will increase (e.g. for greater irrigation and more drinking water for livestock).
Higher winter rainfall will increase river discharge, reservoir replenishment and aquifer recharge in winter, but summer discharges and infiltration will decrease, particularly in the south and east.
Water availability will therefore become less reliable. Evaporation will increase due to higher temperatures.
Changes in river discharge and groundwater levels will have an impact on the plants and animals that rely on the water environment. Some will thrive under the changed conditions and some will find it hard to survive.
Designated conservation areas will need protection by reducing abstractions to maintain summer flows and groundwater.
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