Thematic Paper No. 8 - Social adoption of groundwater pumping technology and the development of groundwater cultures: governance at the point of abstraction
The last ten thousand years have seen water supply technology developed from the collection of surface water from rivers and ponds and groundwater from springs and wells in basic containers to complex pumped piped distribution schemes. During the first nine thousand years water resource developments and social regulation were aimed at satisfying domestic and irrigation supplies. The last few hundred years, however, have seen rapid advances in pumping technology that have outstripped the social adjustments to the rules governing the use of the resources.
03 Aug 2012