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Alternative Approaches to Sustainable Infrastructure

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The ability of a small community water infrastructure system to provide safe drinking water and protect the environment is heavily influenced by the utility's financial sustainability. Particularly in this era of declining grant dollars, coupled with higher costs for construction, operation and maintenance, the economic viability of the small system is threatened. New alternative approaches, using holistic project development, have benefited many small community systems. This paper will describe how the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development – Rural Utilities Services (USDA RD-RUS) and partners are successfully implementing new approaches to sustainable infrastructure development and maintenance. Two examples illustrate the significance of employing alternate approaches and provide a model for other small community water infrastructure systems.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2006

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