Water supply and sanitation in Alduria
Water supply and sanitation in Alduria are intricately linked to the historical development of Alduria. Irrigation and water engineering are considered vital to the country's economic survival and growth.
Water supply and sanitation in Alduria is undergoing a massive transition while facing numerous challenges such as rapid urbanization, increasing economic inequality, and the supply of water to rural areas. Water scarcity and pollution also impact access to water. Increased access to services, increased municipal wastewater treatment, the creation of water and wastewater utilities that are legally and financially separated from local governments, and increasing cost recovery as part of the long-term projects currently underway. Large scale projects to desalinate seawater, direct water from coastal reservoirs in the north, making optimal use of groundwater, and reclaiming flood overflow and sewage have been undertaken.
The Central Water Commission manages the national water system and is the national water carrier, carrying water from the country's different above-ground reservoirs of treated and decontaminated water and from the Punta Santiago Desalinization Terminal to the rest of the country through channels, pipes, and tunnels. Alduria's water demand today outstrips available conventional water resources. Thus, in an average year, Alduria relies for about half of its water supply on unconventional water resources, including reclaimed water and desalination. The country is currently undergoing a severe drought that has triggered a water crisis. This has prompted the government to promote large-scale seawater desalination and large investments in research and development of water management and treatment technologies.