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Water Resources Management in the Land of Făgăraș

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Author(s): PAULA OLIVIA CIMPOIEȘ

Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: IX;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Water resources management | Underground reservoir | Regional planning | Water consumption activities | Hydropower

ABSTRACT
The efficient management of water resources is vital for a community, because water is both a precious ”good” and a strategic element in the process of spatial planning. It is not the abundance or scarcity of this resource that dictates the level of development in a territory, but the skills of local ”actors” to participate to an adequate utilisation strategy, without compromising it. The aim of this study is to analyze the spatial distribution of the water resources in the regional system of the Land of Făgăraș, which are considered to be one of the most valuable natural resources in the territory. We focused our research on presenting the potential of the surface water, particularly the hydrographical network and the artificial lakes, but also the underground reservoirs, all in relation to access to the centralized supply system and the production of hydropower. Indicators of social welfare, such as the amount of water distributed for household needs per capita from the total amount of water distributed through the supply network were calculated in relation to household consumers. Finally, we concluded that an efficient management of water resources should necessarily involve partnerships between localities positioned above the same underground reservoirs or those using the same surface sources.
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