Strategies to meet demand

Case study for students: Meeting demand for drinking water.

Strategies to meet demand generally fall into two categories.

  • Supply strategies deal with how water is captured and delivered, usually with a focus on meeting growing demand. Examples include planning for new infrastructure, carrying out on-going maintenance and controlling inefficiencies such as leaks or high water pressure.
  • Demand strategies deal with how consumers use water, usually with a focus on reducing use. Examples include metering or charging for water, educating people about water conservation and restricting water use.