This report reviews some current sustainability targets for the water sector and provides an overview of selected tools and approaches to assist decision-makers improve performance and achieve results ¿ and ultimately, meet development targets. The report reviews three widely known systems of water sustainability targets: the water targets set under the umbrella of the Millennium Development Goals; (ii) the comprehensive water targets established as part of the European Union Water Framework Directive; and (iii) the target-setting process for the 6th World Water Forum. The report presents ¿ve cases to highlight some of the practices followed to set water sustainability targets. These cases include four river basins of different size (Danube, Mekong, Zambezi andNile) and a large aquifer (Guarani).
Managing Metallic Pipeline Networks In A Sustainable Manner
In North America, the material and size of pipes that make up water and sewer networks range widely. Because these pipeline systems are so complex, it requires a strategic approach based on risk and real data for effective long-term management.Historically, however, it has been challenging to gather real data that can shape defensive capital decisions for an entire system. The assessment of metallic pipelines — which make up most water and pressurized sewer networks — differs from prestressed concrete...
Report: Circular economy offers solutions to water shortages worldwide
A shift to a circular economy could help save more than 400 billion m3 of water every year While oceans cover more than two-thirds of our planet, only 2.5% of all water on earth is fresh water. With billions of humans seeking water for their personal, agricultural, and commercial needs, the demand for sustainable water resources is at an all-time high.A recent report by ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, concludes that while a circular economy may not succeed at eradicating...
Towards water sensitive cities in Asia: an interdisciplinary journey
Rapid urbanisation, population growth and the effects of climate change drive the need for sustainable urban water management (SUWM) in Asian cities. The complexity of this challenge calls for the integration of knowledge from different disciplines and collaborative approaches. This paper identifies key issues and sets the stage for interdisciplinary research on SUWM in Asia. It reports on the initial stages of a SUWM research programme being undertaken at Monash University, Australia, and proposes a framework to...
How to make top-down and bottom-up sustainability converge
Fits and starts are all too common in the sustainability world. One year you have budget for initiatives; the next you don’t. Management hails cost savings on individual projects, but they miss the big picture and fail to link progress across departmental boundaries. Bottom-up progress and top-down directives pass each other like proverbial ships in the night. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the help of a good coach, like my friend Jameson Morell, it’s possible to transform the pieces...
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 water legislation targeted at particular sectors: the Bathing Water Directive (BWD; EEC, 1976; EC, 2006a), the Drinking...