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Competitive Use

Water is used for more than satisfying human thirst. Agriculture is a water-dependent industry that consumes most of the freshwater found in developing nations. Water has industrial, commercial, and ecological uses as well, which add to the often fierce competition for this resource.

In water-stressed regions, water management plans must make the most of every drop. Water management plans can often balance the many human and environmental demands on the water supply in such a way that the watershed is environmentally and economically healthy and benefits all who have a stake in it.

In some arid areas, for example, the economic benefits of farming simply do not justify the water expenditure required. But there are a host of societal goals that impact water use, including food security and economic development, and these needs must be considered as well.

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