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Type: Book chapter
Title: Impact of drought on Adelaide's water supply system: past, present, and future
Author: Maier, H.
Paton, F.
Dandy, G.
Connor, J.
Citation: Drought in arid and semi-arid regions: a multi-disciplinary and cross-country perspective, 2013 / Schwabe, K., Albiac, J., Connor, J., Hassan, R., Gonzalez, L. (ed./s), Ch.3, pp.41-62
Publisher: Springer
Publisher Place: Germany
Issue Date: 2013
ISBN: 9789400766358
Editor: Schwabe, K.
Albiac, J.
Connor, J.
Hassan, R.
Gonzalez, L.
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Holger R. Maier, Fiona L. Paton, Graeme C. Dandy and Jeffery D. Connor
Abstract: Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has a population of approximately 1.3 million. In wet years, Adelaide obtains most if its water supply from the nearby catchments in the Adelaide hills. However, in dry years, about 90 % of Adelaide’s water supply needs are met by water that is pumped from the River Murray. Severe drought in the Murray-Darling Basin in the recent past has meant that the security of Adelaide’s water supply has been threatened. In response, strategies for securing Adelaide’s water supply into the future have been developed, including diversification of water sources and demand management strategies. A case study of the performance of the southern Adelaide water supply system under various supply scenarios has been conducted. This highlights the importance of the use of stochastic analysis, risk-based performance measures and extensive scenario analysis in order to enable the long-term planning of water supply systems in hydrologically variable and uncertain environments, rather than having to react to drought events.
Keywords: Climate change; Greenhouse gas emissions; Reliability; Urban water supply security; Vulnerability
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6636-5_3
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