Chapter 7: Water Availability and Use

Great Lakes from Space. The Great Lakes hold 21% of the world’s surface fresh water. Lakes are an important surface water resource.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand how the water cycle operates
  • Know the causes and effects of depletion in different water reservoirs
  • Understand how we can work toward solving the water supply crisis
  • Understand the major kinds of water pollutants and how they degrade water quality
  • Understand how we can work toward solving the crisis involving water pollution

Chapter Outline

  • 7.1 Water Cycle and Fresh Water Supply
  • 7.2 Water Supply Problems and Solutions
  • 7.3. Water Pollution
  • 7.4. Water Treatment
  • 7.5. Case Study: The Aral Sea – Going, Going, Gone
  • 7.6. Chapter Resources

Attribution

Essentials of Environmental Science by Kamala Dor┼íner is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Modified from the original.

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Environmental Biology by Matthew R. Fisher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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