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Sustainable Water Infrastructure of the Future: Contest of ideas and ideals in sustainability

Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 (2009) Sustainable Water Infrastructure of the Future: Contest of ideas and ideals in sustainability. In: 2009 International Conference on Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Cities and Villages of the Future (SWIF2009), 6 - 9 November, Beijing, China



Sustainable water infrastructure for the future involves a journey if we consider the need for balancing economic, social and environmental factors. Ideals for the end of the journey are suggested, and include water self-sufficiency and mimicking nature. The latter includes separation of wastewater streams at source for reuse or recycling.

Water professionals have a crucial role in implementation of sustainable water infrastructure by debating the issues surrounding sustainability, promoting the concepts and ideas to those that can implement them.

There is a need for research into water balance in single and cluster dwellings, village and city scale to provide the data for water availability from rainfall, water use, and possible water reuse either for self-sufficiency or for mimicking nature. Research into comparison between centralised and decentralised water infrastructure systems for sustainability is also required.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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