urban water infrastructure Articles

  • European water policies and human health — Combining reported environmental information

    Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. This report considers three pieces of EU ...

  • Green Urban Infrastructure: Assessing Potential Ecosystem Services in Urban Cities

    Cities all over the world are currently experiencing climate change caused by rapidly increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). Fortunately, cities may mitigate GHG concentrations by incorporating vegetation into green urban infrastructure (GUI) to develop parks, green roofs, waterways, and other structures. For example, plants sequester carbon (C) by removing atmospheric ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Green Water Infrastructure

    Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on roofs, streets, and parking lots, the water cannot soak into the ground. In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems and discharged into nearby waterbodies. The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape, degrading the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Green infrastructure approaches for CSO Controlin urban areas

    ABSTRACT A nationwide investigation of green infrastructure was conducted for several major metropolitan areas, including Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Seattle and Washington D.C. This report highlights some of the cities’ urban green infrastructure projects and the projects’ relationship with combined sewer overflow (CSO) control plans and ...

  • A utility-tailored methodology for integrated asset management of urban water infrastructure

    This paper presents the integrated methodology for infrastructure asset management (IAM) developed in AWARE-P, an R&D project aimed at producing adequate and effective support tools for assisting urban water utilities in decision making and rehabilitation planning (www.aware-p.org). The proposed methodology addresses all three planning and decisional levels (strategic, tactical and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Risk-based approach to manage aging urban water main infrastructure

    The growing number of challenges in how to manage aging infrastructures, while maintaining a suitable level of service, have become major problems for many municipal water utility companies. As a result, municipalities are increasingly considering the concept of risk assessment and prioritization as the first and an important step that has to be used towards effective asset-management practices. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Renewing Belgrade’s Water Infrastructure

    After the trauma of the 1990s, new foreign and national investments in Belgrade’s water infrastructure is enabling the city to benefit from the latest advances in water supply technology… Introduction Situated on the banks of the rivers Sava and Danube, the citizens of Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia and Montenegro in the Balkans, have long benefited from ready access to water. ...


    By Innovyze

  • Tackling uncertainties in infrastructure sectors through strategic planning: the contribution of discursive approaches in the urban water sector

    Several strategic planning approaches have been proposed for dealing with future uncertainties in the urban water infrastructure sector. We identify three well established perspectives that address uncertainties in strategic decisions: an adaptive perspective, focusing on an incremental adaptation of existing structures as a reaction to unforeseen developments, a modeling perspective, focusing on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cross-sectoral optimization and visualization of transformation processes in urban water infrastructures in rural areas

    Predicted demographic, climatic and socio-economic changes will require adaptations of existing water supply and wastewater disposal systems. Especially in rural areas, these new challenges will affect the functionality of the present systems. This paper presents a joint interdisciplinary research project with the objective of developing an innovative software-based optimization and decision ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cascade vulnerability for risk analysis of water infrastructure

    One of the major tasks in urban water management is failure-free operation for at least most of the time. Accordingly, the reliability of the network systems in urban water management has a crucial role. The failure of a component in these systems impacts potable water distribution and urban drainage. Therefore, water distribution and urban drainage systems are categorized as critical ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Inverse infrastructures: self-organization in the water services

    In urban communities, infrastructures that support living are indispensable. There is increased interest in alternative ways of providing such support systems, including semi-autonomous infrastructures resulting from the self-organization of local actors. In this study, we analyze the emergence and management of such infrastructures in light of the theory of complex adaptive systems, within ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

    Today, for the most part, our communities’ infrastructure systems are developed and managed separately, by separate utilities and agencies. Sustainable infrastructure, on the other hand, blurs boundaries between our energy, transportation, water and waste systems to implement complementary strategies that benefit more than one system. Among our most important, and difficult, challenges will ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Investing in Water Infrastructure: Capital, Operations and Maintenance

    This paper outlines the major challenges related to financing the gap in global water infrastructure, including those systems that provide urban and rural water supply, and sanitation and irrigation services. The paper synthesizes the extensive body of literature on this subject, providing some examples of historical ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A dynamic urban development model designed for purposes in the field of urban water management

    Urban drainage systems are a critical part of city infrastructure. Population growth and urban development can put severe pressure on these systems, especially due to sealing of surfaces and land use change. For a comprehensive adaptation of urban water infrastructure to constantly changing and evolving systems, a detailed simulation of the dynamics in city development is crucial. This can be ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Urban water management and planning: urban sanitation policies and an emerging institutional structure

    Brazilian urban politics for the last two decades have been marked by the emergence of organised sectors of civil society who progressively reclaimed their roles as subjects. Both society and state were substantially transformed in such process, and urban and environmental policies, sanitation included, based on citizens' participation are an important and visible outcome. Participatory ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Alternatives for safe water provision in urban and peri-urban slums

    In response to rapid urbanization throughout the global South, urban and peri-urban slums are expanding at an alarming rate. Owing to inadequate financial and institutional resources at the municipal level, conventional approaches for safe water provision with centralized treatment and distribution infrastructure have been unable to keep pace with rapidly growing demand. In the absence of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Nourishing urbanism: a case for a new urban paradigm

    True sustainability demands that we seek to more than 'prop up' traditional approaches to our environment; rather, it requires that we redress current shortcomings in the planning and design of our urban environment at both bio-regional and local scales. Nourishing Urbanism proposes a shift in the urban and non-urban paradigm relating to energy, water and food; all face significant ...

  • Green infrastructure for flood-risk management in Dar es Salaam and Copenhagen: exploring the potential for transitions towards sustainable urban water management

    The risk of flooding in urban areas could be better approached by complementing conventional sewer systems with sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) for storm-water management. This may be the case for developing world cities like Dar es Salaam with incomplete sewer services, as well as cities like Copenhagen with fully developed sewer systems. This paper explores some theories relevant to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Semicentralised supply and treatment systems: integrated infrastructure solutions for fast growing urban areas

    Currently, the development of the world population is characterised by two trends: absolute population growth and rapid urbanisation. Especially rapid urbanisation, taking place in Asia, Latin America and Africa, poses major pressure on the affected regions. The development of e.g. Asian countries today is stamped by a combination of urbanisation with high economic growth rates. Conventional ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A framework for considering externalities in urban water asset management

    Urban communities rely on a complex network of infrastructure assets to connect them to water resources. There is considerable capital investment required to maintain, upgrade and extend this infrastructure. As the remit of a water utility is broader than just financial considerations, infrastructure investment decisions must be made in light of environmental and societal issues. One way of ...


    By IWA Publishing

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