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Title: A hybrid approach for water resources management in Tunisia

Authors: Mohamed Ali Elleuch; Lobna Elleuch; Ahmed Frikha

Addresses: LOGIQ Research Unit, Higher Institute of Industrial Management of Sfax, University of Sfax, Road of Tunis km 10.5, Technopole of Sfax – BP 1164, Sfax 3021, Tunisia ' Laboratory of Treatment and Valorization of Water Rejects, Water Researches and Technologies Center, Borj-Cedria Technopark, 8020 Soliman, Tunisia ' LOGIQ Research Unit, Higher Institute of Industrial Management of Sfax, University of Sfax, Road of Tunis km 10.5, Technopole of Sfax – BP 1164, Sfax 3021, Tunisia

Abstract: Optimal water resources management is often related to the desirability of achieving equitable distribution of water among the users based on economic, social, availability, reliability and environmental procedures. In Tunisia, the main issues of water resources management are addressed with specific reference to the available water resources and water demand from domestic, agricultural, tourism, municipal and industry sectors. Usually, there is increasing competition for water among the various water use sectors in several regions of Tunisia. Water policy and legal frameworks are some of the feasible measures that provide opportunities to evolve a systematic approach to water resources management. For that, this paper describes the development of a hybrid approach for the evaluation and allocation of potential water resources management for many sectors according to several criteria. A hybrid approach between the reciprocal weights method (RR) based on the results of the Delphi method, the analytic hierarchical process (AHP) and the Hurwicz criterion method (HCM) has been developed to evaluate and select the best water resources for Sfax (Tunisia) based on sensitivity analysis.

Keywords: water resources management; sensitivity analysis; various water use sectors; several criteria; Tunisia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2019.097320

International Journal of Water, 2019 Vol.13 No.1, pp.80 - 99

Received: 28 Jul 2018
Accepted: 10 Sep 2018

Published online: 10 Jan 2019 *

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