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New Concepts for Urban and Suburban Water Management Using Distributed Systems

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This paper is based on a project sponsored by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), the National Decentralized Wastewater Resource Capacity Development Project (NDWRCDP) where researchers analyzed 20 case studies where distributed approaches are being used for wastewater service across a range of community-specific situations and management frameworks. The case studies include onsite reuse systems driven primarily by the green building and sustainable design movements, managed decentralized system infrastructure implemented by communities seeking independence from undesirable conventional sewer systems, and innovative decentralized treatment approaches employed by traditional municipalities to optimize their operations. This paper introduces distributed management in the context of sustainability, provides examples of where distributed approaches are being used to advance sustainability at the community level and presents a new tool developed to help communities decide whether and when to use distributed systems for wastewater management.

Keywords: Distributed management; decentralized systems; green building; infrastructure; sustainability; watershed approach

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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