Urban Water Neutrality: How systems engineering can support integrated urban planningWater management is traditionally defined as a human-centre...Urban Water Neutrality: How systems engineering can support integrated urban planning
Water management is traditionally defined as a human-centred process of planning, operation, and use of water systems. The process is intrinsically linked to the concept of sustainable development by the complex interactions between natural ecosystems and urban infrastructure. In cities, the biggest challenge for future water planning is the impact of housing development on water sustainability.
With a global trend of rapidly increasing housing demand, the need for integrated planning becomes particularly relevant to understand the impacts of urban growth on land surface processes, water infrastructure operation and water quality. To holistically address this challenge, the concept of water neutrality is proposed, which promotes developments designed to offset adverse impacts on water resources, water quality and flood risk by promoting solutions such as water efficiency and green infrastructure.
In this webinar, Dr Ana Mijic discussed how integrated models developed as part of her Water Systems Integration research group can be used to evaluate impacts on new developments to London’s water security. The results will discuss how multiple options, including interventions within the remit of water companies, local authorities, developers but also citizens should be combined to ensure that our urban quality of life can be sustained, together with minimising our impacts on the water environment.