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Towards the Adoption of Integrated Urban Water Management Approach for Planning

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Integrated Urban Water Management is an emerging approach for urban water utilities to minimize the impact of urban water systems on the natural environment, to maximize their contribution to social and economic vitality and to engender overall community wellbeing. A logical starting point for adopting the IUWM approach is the planning phase. However, little guidance has been written on processes that enable application of the IUWM approach to urban water planning. In an effort to fill this knowledge gap, a framework for the adoption of the IUWM approach for planning (referred to as IUWM Planning Framework) has been developed. This paper describes this Framework. The output of following the IUWM Planning Framework is an IUWM Plan, which defines the preferred portfolio of urban water management for a given area and the actions required to implement it. The IUWM Planning Framework is a useful aid for both those who have already implemented some aspects of the IUWM approach, as well as those who are yet to consider adopting.

Keywords: IUWM; IUWM Plan; IUWM Planning Framework; Integrated urban water management

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2010-01-01

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