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dc.contributor.authorMcEvoy, Jamie
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-16T17:15:00Z
dc.date.available2016-02-16T17:15:00Z
dc.date.issued2015-09
dc.identifier.citationMcEvoy, Jamie . "Can the Adoption of Desalination Technology Lead to Aquifer Preservation? A Case Study of a Sociotechnical Water System in Baja California Sur, Mexico." Water 7, no. 10 (September 2015): 5224-5238. DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/w7105224.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2073-4441
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/9568
dc.description.abstractThere is growing concern about the sustainability of groundwater supplies worldwide. In many regions, desalination—the conversion of saline water to freshwater—is viewed as a way to increase water supplies and reduce pressure on overdrawn aquifers. Using data from reports, articles, interviews, a survey, and a focus group, this paper examines if, and how, the adoption of desalination technology can lead to aquifer preservation in Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico. The paper outlines existing institutional arrangements (i.e., laws, rules, norms, or organizations) surrounding desalination in BCS and concludes that there are currently no effective mechanisms to ensure aquifer preservation. Four mechanisms that could be implemented to improve groundwater management are identified, including: 1) integrated water-and land-use planning; 2) creation of an institute responsible for coordinated and consistent planning; 3) improved groundwater monitoring; and 4) implementation of water conservation measures prior to the adoption of desalination technology. This paper concludes that viewing water technologies, including desalination, as sociotechnical systems—i.e., a set of technological components that are embedded in complex social, political, and economic contexts—has the potential to create a more sustainable human–environment–technology relationship. By assessing desalination technology as a sociotechnical system, this study highlights the need to focus on institutional development and capacity building, especially within local water utilities and urban planning agencies.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant, a Fulbright-García Robles award, and a University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program fellowship. Additional support was also provided by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sectoral Applications Research Program (grant NAO80AR4310704) and through the Arizona-Baja California Sur Partnership for Water Sustainability.en_US
dc.rightsCC BY 4.0 You are free to: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Under the following terms: Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits. Notices:en_US
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dc.titleCan the Adoption of Desalination Technology Lead to Aquifer Preservation? A Case Study of a Sociotechnical Water System in Baja California Sur, Mexicoen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
mus.citation.extentfirstpage5224en_US
mus.citation.extentlastpage5238en_US
mus.citation.issue10en_US
mus.citation.journaltitleWateren_US
mus.citation.volume7en_US
mus.identifier.categoryLife Sciences & Earth Sciencesen_US
mus.identifier.doi10.3390/w7105224en_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Letters & Scienceen_US
mus.relation.departmentEarth Sciences.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US
mus.data.thumbpage6en_US


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