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In December 2002, a group of specialists on water resources from the United States and Iran met in Tunis, Tunisia, for an interacademy workshop on water resources management, conservation, and recycling. This was the fourth interacademy workshop on a variety of topics held in 2002, the first year of such workshops. Tunis was selected as the location for the workshop because the Tunisian experience in addressing water conservation issues was of interest to the participants from both the United States and Iran. This report includes the agenda for the workshop, all of the papers that were presented, and the list of site visits.


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National Research Council. 2005. Water Conservation, Reuse, and Recycling: Proceedings of an Iranian-American Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Front Matter i-xii
WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND IRANWater Management, Conservation, and Reuse in the Western United States--Henry Vaux, Jr. 1-17
Overview of Water Management in Iran--Reza Ardakanian 18-34
TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIESLarge Scale Systems--Stephen M. Lacy 35-53
Small and Decentralized Systems for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse--Kara L. Nelson 54-66
Solar Desalination for Domestic Applications--Mehdi N. Bahadori 67-78
AGRICULTURAL WATER USE AND DROUGHT MANAGEMENTOptimal Irrigation: Considerations for Semiarid Regions--John Letey 79-93
Status of Agricultural Water Use in Iran--Amin Alizadeh and Abbas Keshavarz 94-105
Agricultural Drought Management in Iran--Sayed-Farhad Mousavi 106-113
Coping with Drought--John Letey 114-119
The Economics of Agricultural Water Use and the Role of Prices--David Sunding 120-152
Water Allocation and Pricing in Agriculture of Iran--Abbas Keshavarz, Shahram Ashraft, Nader Hydari, Morteza Pouran, and Ezzat-Allah Farzaneh 153-172
MUNICIPAL WATER USESt. Petersburg, Florida, Dual Water System: A Case Study--James Crook 173-186
Monterey County Water Recycling Projects: A Case Study--James Crook and Robert S. Jaques 187-198
Identifying Microbial and Chemical Contaminants for Regulatory Purposes: Lessons Learned in the United States--Rebecca T. Parkin 199-216
Integrated Approach to Water and Wastewater Management for Tehran, Iran--Massoud Tajrishy and Ahmad Abrishamchi 217-230
INTERBASIN WATER TRANSFERInterbasin Water Transfers in the Western United States: Issues and Lessons--David H. Getches 231-251
Interbasin Water Transfers in Iran--Ahmad Abrishamchi and Massoud Tajrishy 252-272
Appendix A--Workshop Agenda 273-278
Appendix B--Workshop Participants List 279-280

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