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Simulation of Urban Water Resources in Xiamen Based on a WEAP Model

Key Lab of Urban Environment and Health, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1799 Jimei Road, Xiamen 361021, China
Pearl River Water Resource Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources, 80 Tianshou Road, Guangzhou 510611, China
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Water 2018, 10(6), 732;
Received: 14 April 2018 / Revised: 12 May 2018 / Accepted: 29 May 2018 / Published: 5 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Networks Management: New Perspectives)
A water evaluation and planning model (WEAP) for Xiamen City was used to analyze trends in water use and demand between 2015 and 2050. This study was unique in that it considered the water resources of each of the city’s five districts’ separately, rather than the city as a whole. The water saving potential, water shortages, and water supply alternatives were analyzed under different simulated scenarios. The results show that future water consumption will greatly increase in Xiamen City, and that there will be a water shortage after 2030 without new water supplies. Water shortages will first occur in the Tongan and Xiangan districts, due to established water supply priorities and capacity. Industry restructuring (structural water-saving scenario, SWS) and advanced water-saving technology (technical water-saving scenario, TWS) can result in water saving potentials of 6.97% and 9.82% by 2050, respectively, while adopting both strategies (double water-saving scenario, DWS) can save 16.44%. The prevention of future water shortages requires the implementation of water-saving measures and the use of new water supplies. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban water resources; saving potentials; spatial allocation; WEAP model urban water resources; saving potentials; spatial allocation; WEAP model
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Kou, L.; Li, X.; Lin, J.; Kang, J. Simulation of Urban Water Resources in Xiamen Based on a WEAP Model. Water 2018, 10, 732.

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