Title

Sustainability in Urban Water Futures

Document Type

Book Chapter

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business and Law-Deans Office

RAS ID

8114

Comments

Syme, G.J. (2008). Sustainability in Urban Water Futures. In: Troy, P. (eds) Troubled waters: confronting the water crisis in Australia’s cities. ANU E Press: Canberra.

Abstract

There is now a substantial literature defining and encouraging sustainable urban water management. Nevertheless, the responses of urban water utilities to changed demand and supply options have tended to focus on technological solutions, new sources and well-worn approaches to demand management. While there is increasing interest in water-sensitive urban design, whole-of-lifecycle economic consideration and the incorporation of externalities into pricing and cost-benefit analyses, there are significant areas of sustainability that have received scant attention. These neglected areas tend to relate to the difficulty in creating, as opposed to promoting, the concept of sustainability that includes social and cultural assessment, integrated response and key institutional issues in achieving adaptive learning.

 
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