Changing Water Use in Selected Manufacturing Industries.
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH WASHINGTON D C
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The objective of the report is to present findings of a study designed to contribute to the understanding of some changes in the cost and quality of water on technological changes in process design and plant location decisions. The study concludes that water is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition for continued growth in water-using industries. Geographic patterns of industry location appear to be shifting toward areas more favorably endowed with water resources. Regional and temporal variations in the recirculation of water are also documented. The findings suggest that water for industrial processing is unlikely to be a major location determinant rather, water for transportation may be a more important location determinant.
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