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Ageing water storage infrastructure: An emerging global risk

Source(s):  United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)

This report provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on the ageing of large dams – an emerging global development issue as tens of thousands of existing large dams have reached or exceeded an "alert" age threshold of 50 years, and many others will soon approach 100 years. These aged structures incur rapidly rising maintenance needs and costs while simultaneously declining their effectiveness and posing potential threats to human safety and the environment.

The Report aims to attract global attention to the creeping issue of ageing water storage infrastructure and stimulate international efforts to deal with this emerging water risk. The report’s primary target audiences are governments and their partners responsible for planning and implementing water infrastructure development and management, emphasizing adaptation to a changing climate and sustainable development.



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  • Ageing water storage infrastructure: An emerging global risk
  • Publication date 2021
  • Author(s) Perera, Duminda; Smakhtin, Vladimir; Williams, Spencer et al.
  • Number of pages 29 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 9789280861051

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