• Management of brackish water supply and demand in Kuwait

      Qabazard, Fadel Abbas,1946-; Evans, Daniel D. (The University of Arizona., 1977)
      The objective of water resources planning is the satisfaction of the growing requirements of a population for usable water. For longterm planning, it is essential to know the resources available and the anticipated demand in the future. Should this demand create a shortage in the supply, then a water policy is necessary to make the optimal and efficient allocation of the scarce resource. The area of study is Kuwait, an arid country with total dependence on desalination plants for the supply of fresh water, and limited brackish groundwater resources for agriculture, and irrigating private and public gardens. Desire for brackish water is assumed to follow a linearly rising trend for a finite period into the future. The expected population for this period is projected, using three growth rates. Past consumption and future development plans provide the base for calculating the future demand using the three population growth rates. A general inventory of the present and potential brackish water supplies reveal an expected shortage in the future. It is recommended that the Government of Kuwait adopt and implement a water policy that can be utilized to retard the growth in demand for brackish water and prolong the life of the resources available.