A Brief Survey of the Technology and Economics of Water Supply

by James C. DeHaven, Jack Hirshleifer, L. A. Gore

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A RAND Corporation study that delineates the problems of water supply and indicates the more important areas of research in this field. The hydrologic cycle, together with theoretical aspects, is examined in order to provide a background for assessing the total natural water available to the United States and its distribution by source. In addition, the present and future costs of producing fresh water from saline by known technically feasible processes are estimated.

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