Embedding Sustainability into Water Infrastructure Projects: The Top 10 Insights
Author: Linke, Geoff
Source: Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, WEFTEC 2009: Session 31 through Session 40 , pp. 2110-2119(10)
Publisher: Water Environment Federation
Abstract:Sustainability is a key issue confronting proponents seeking to deliver water infrastructure projects – commencing with the tender documents and selection workshops to engagement with communities. This is being driven by community demand, political action and the subsequent adoption of sustainability strategies and principles into organisational mantra. For some, sustainability principles and business principles are now simply one and the same; it's ‘the way we do business.’
These principles are now being used as the basis for water planning and infrastructure decisions, and assessment of multiple infrastructure options against detailed sustainability guidelines. Indeed, it is anticipated that stakeholders on a range of water infrastructure projects will demand similar approaches in the future. But are they effective?
The successful management of water resources in the years to come will largely depend on the way in which sustainability principles can be incorporated into design and decision making processes at the early stages of the project.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2009
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