One Water: Coordination Efforts for Sustainable Communities
June 20, 2017
Recognizing that all water has value, One Water is a concept that "integrates the planning and management of water supply, wastewater, and stormwater systems in a way that minimizes the impact on the environment and maximizes the contribution to social and economic vitality." The shift to One Water parallels both the rise of the "Utility of the Future" in the wastewater sector and forges new partnerships between the water sector and other sectors.
Where is coordination taking place and how can planners be involved? How can it increase resilience and help us build more sustainable communities?
This session provided a brief overview of One Water management and discussed research efforts underway in the water/wastewater community to help communities move toward One Water. Topics included improving coordination between water managers and urban planners; incorporating non-potable onsite treatment into building design; and innovative stormwater solutions to achieve co-benefits in diversified water supplies, flooding mitigation, and increased community well-being.
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