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The Effect of Groundwater Allocation on Economic Welfare Loss.
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PMID:  23036236     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Water scarcity has become a constraint for regional economic development in many cities and regions. Water rationing serves as one instrument to constrain water consumption to persuade users to save water and to moderate their consumption. When the supply of water is unable to satisfy demand, a loss of welfare for the water users will usually occur. This paper conducts an empirical case study on a Chicago suburban county, McHenry County, to evaluate effective water allocation strategies under possible water scarcity scenarios, by specifically taking into consideration of the economic welfare loss under water rationing. It points out the inefficiency of equal rationing and tests a more effective optimal rationing regime which could significantly lower the overall welfare loss for McHenry County. Instead of a conventional watershed-based approach that would provide little advantage for an area that mostly relies on groundwater, this study adopts regional planning/political boundaries as its spatial analytical units. The outcomes suggest that municipality-level water resources management models, powered under economic welfare objective functions, are both possible and practical. The planning strategy drawn under such optimization models suggests a variety of promising approaches to manage groundwater resources at county scales.
Authors:
Jun Wan; Yi-Chen E Yang; Yu-Feng F Lin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ground water     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1745-6584     ISO Abbreviation:  Ground Water     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882886     Medline TA:  Ground Water     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Copyright Information:
© 2012, The Author(s). Ground Water © 2012, National Ground Water Association.
Affiliation:
Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820. Currently at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), Inc., 7575 Gateway Blvd, Newark, CA 94560; jun.wan @rms.com Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; yceyang@engin.umass.edu Corresponding author: Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820. Currently at Illinois State Geological Survey, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820; (217) 333-0235; fax: (217) 244-7004; yflin@illinois.edu.
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