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Sustainable and Resilient Urban Water Systems: The Role of Decentralization and Planning

Department of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(3), 918; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030918
Received: 3 December 2018 / Revised: 22 January 2019 / Accepted: 3 February 2019 / Published: 12 February 2019
Urban water systems face multiple challenges related to future uncertainty and pressures to provide more sustainable and resilient modes of service delivery. Transitioning away from fully centralized water systems is seen as a primary solution to addressing these urban challenges and pressures. We first review the literature on advantages, potential risks, and impediments to change associated with decentralized water system. Our review suggests that adopting decentralized solutions may advance conditions of sustainability and resilience in urban water management. We then explore the potential to incorporate decentralized water systems into broader urban land use patterns that include underserved residential neighborhoods, mixed-use developments, and industrial districts. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable urban water management; decentralized water infrastructure; water security and resiliency; socio-institutional impediments sustainable urban water management; decentralized water infrastructure; water security and resiliency; socio-institutional impediments
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Leigh, N.G.; Lee, H. Sustainable and Resilient Urban Water Systems: The Role of Decentralization and Planning. Sustainability 2019, 11, 918.

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