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Hydropower generation is a major water user but most of the water is returned to the river

Although hydropower generation is a major water user, most of the water used is returned to the river downstream even though it is in part consumptive (reservoir evaporation) and has important impacts on other attributes of streamflows (timing and quality). However, the benefits of hydropower generation do not always flow to the people who depend on rivers for their livelihoods.

photo by Andrew Clarke

Last update:07 Oct 2014