chapter  9
Political economy and water resource policy
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The primary orientation of the economics of water resources is to water which is abstracted, stored and distributed by human labour, to the use of that water, and to the disposal of wastewater. So, the seven subject areas of hydroeconomics are:

• nature conservation for rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and coastal waters • land drainage • flood control and coastal defence • dam projects • the supply of fresh water • the use of water by households, agriculture, and industry • the treatment of wastewater and its disposal.