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Towards sustainable solutions

Mouritz, M. (1993) Towards sustainable solutions. In: Urban waste water - A lost resource or an opportunity? seminar, 17 August, Perth, Western Australia pp. 163-175.

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The purpose of this seminar has been to raise the level of debate about the future wastewater strategy for Perth. Through out the day we have seen the emergence of the nature and size of the problem we are facing, some of the potential solutions and there has been discussion about the limitations of these solutions.

The purpose of my talk is to attempt to draw together some of these issues in an attempt to offer a way forward.

I will start by recapping on my interpretation of the problems and then illustrate why the concept of ecologically sustainable development can provide a useful basis with which to look for solutions. Finally I offer an example of an integrated solution, which although hypothetical, presents itself as a basis for further debate.

The over riding thesis of this argument is that water management must be more fully integrated into the urban planning and design processes, since this is the place where decisions are made which result in a water management system which is either sustainable or not.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Institute for Science and Technology Policy
Publisher: Australian Institute of Urban Studies (WA)
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