Water-sensitive cities: Expert warns how to avoid depending on the weather to cushion droughtGuido Carvajal, an expert in urban water resource m...Water-sensitive cities: Expert warns how to avoid depending on the weather to cushion drought
Guido Carvajal, an expert in urban water resource management and academic at the Andrés Bello University, stresses the importance of investing, studying and managing water supply, considering international examples to start becoming more water-sensitive and, therefore, more sustainable regions or cities.
The latest rainfall gave a respite to the megasequence the country has been facing for 13 years, one of the most severe so far. With the favourable rains come challenges and opportunities, which Guido Carvajal, an academic at UNAB’s Faculty of Engineering, analyses: “it is advisable to move towards water-sensitive cities and not depend solely on climatic conditions to cushion the drought affecting Chile”.
According to Carvajal, who has traveled and is familiar with these cities, such challenges and opportunities include improving urban water management in an integrated and sustainable way, diversifying and increasing the supply of water resources, for example, through water recycling, aquifer recharge and desalination, as well as incorporating ecological and resilience functions into our built environment and infrastructure.