IWMI Research Report – 39

Water Scarcity and the Role of Storage in Development.


Keller, A.; Sakthivadivel, R.; Seckler, D. 2000. Water scarcity and the role of storage in development. Colombo, Sri Lanka: IWMI. v, 16p. (IWMI Research Report 39) [doi: 10.3910/2009.046]



Of the four major ways of storing water –in the soil profile, in underground aquifers, in small reservoirs, and in large reservoirs behind dams–the first is possible only for relatively short periods of time. In this paper, the authors concentrate on the three kinds of long-term technologies, and compare the hydrological, operational, economic and environmental aspects of each.


ISBN 92-9090-399-6

ISSN 1026-0862