Water does not come from the tap.
Water, the precious resource that maintains human life and function, provides the food we eat, the cloth we wear, the energy we use and the products we use on a daily process, is produced as a natural resource through climatic processes.
How we utilize the water resources, how we impact on the water resource and the processes that produce the water, each impact on the sustainability of the resource and its potential for further use and development.
Water resources management is not simply about engineering and building more dams or pipelines. Managing water resources includes understanding who (communities, farmers, industry, etc.) are using the resources, how is it being used (cultural, religious, production, drinking, environment, energy production, etc.), what is the quality of the resource, what impacts and challenges are facing the resource, what are the demands, impacts and challenges for the users, how is the resource managed (legislation, policy, monitoring, etc.), where does the resource come from (recharge), where does it go (downstream dependency); all combined into an integrated management system or plan in order to ensure sustainability of the water resources.