Problems ahead for the industrialized countries
This chapter examines some of the problems of the industrialized countries more closely. Water problems are also liable to arise in countries sharing the use of water from an important river. In view of the heavy utilization of water resources which characterizes these countries, a great deal of work needs to be devoted to the solution of their mutual problems of water supply. Water problems are liable to arise in countries sharing the use of water from an important river. California has long been engaged in large-scale water supply projects. The northern part of the state has plenty of water, derived from the rains coming in from the Pacific. The transfer of water from Colorado River has sufficed for domestic and public needs, with enough water left over for agricultural purposes and replenishment of groundwater reserves. The value and cost of water are among topics requiring the negotiation between two or more states proposing to embark on a water-transfer project.