Sustainable water management is a critical concern in the semi-arid portions of the American Southwest. This paper explains the decentralized approach to water supply management in this region, including the traditional roles of the public and private sectors. With Arizona as a focus, it explores how the water supply challenges of the twenty-first century require new approaches and partnerships for funding infrastructure, obtaining new water supplies, water banking, and water treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-168
Number of pages13
JournalWater International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Arizona
  • decentralization
  • pricing
  • private water companies
  • public sector
  • regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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