Benefits of IWRM to water supply and sanitation. (1 of 2)
Above all, properly applied IWRM would lead to the water security
of the world’s poor and unserved being assured. The implementation
of IWRM based policies should mean increased security of domestic
water supplies, as well as reduced costs of treatment as pollution
is tackled more effectively. Conflict between water users is reduced.
An increasing recognition of the economic value of water is in part
behind current moves to more efficient use. Greater integration
in management of water resources will help to reduce conflict between
water users by ensuring agreed efficiency of use in competing sectors.
Major blind spots exist due to failure to coordinate effectively
with other sectors. The issue of wastewater disposal provides a
good example. Here, rather than working together with other sectors
to exploit a potentially important economic resource, the attitude
tends to be one of out of sight, out of mind.