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This chapter provides alternatives for water sanitation, collection, and conservation that are “low-impact” and better options than “high-impact” approaches such as large dams, long distance water diversion, and the altering of the natural course of a body of water. Although these “high-impact” approaches have improved health, provide reliable access to water, and provide a source of energy, there is now a need for more “low-impact” approaches. The authors lay out some options such as a focus on the benefits of wetlands, redirecting rainwater, harvesting rainwater, and recycling of wastewater. They provide several examples of current projects that utilize these options successfully.
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This chapter provides students with water conservation ideas that are easy to understand and support.
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