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close this bookSourcebook of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP-IETC - OAS, 1998, 247 p.)
close this folderPart A. Introduction
View the document1. Background
View the document2. Objectives
View the document3. Organization of the source book
View the document4. How to use the source book
View the document5. Survey methodology
View the document6. Summary of the findings
View the document7. Recommendations

6. Summary of the findings

Besides being listed in tabular form below, the findings are presented as one-page summaries on pages 9-32 and as detailed descriptions and case studies in Parts B and C.

· In the table, the technologies are presented by technological group (freshwater augmentation, water quality improvement, wastewater treatment and reuse, and water conservation), showing the specific technologies used; the sector(s) in which they are employed (agriculture: irrigation and/or livestock, domestic water supply, and industry and/or mining); and the countries in which they are applied.

· The one-page summaries give the attributes of each technology within the technological group, including a description of the technology, the extent of its use, the state of its development, and its operational characteristics (cost, effectiveness, suitability for use in various climatic settings, cultural acceptability, advantages and disadvantages, and need for governmental involvement).

· In Part B each technology is described in detail, with information on its use and application on the regional level, while in Part C selected technologies are described in detail at the country level.

Thus, it is possible for the user to obtain a comprehensive overview of the technologies presented by reference to the tabular summary, and a detailed understanding of a particular technology by reference to Parts B and C. Technologies of particular interest can be extracted for use in developing freshwater resource management plans by reference to the one-page summaries. Use of these summaries will allow several promising technologies to be examined "side by side".