Sustainability in Urban Water Futures
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Business and Law-Deans Office
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.