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New book on Sustainable Water

last modified Jan 21, 2016 03:00 PM
Dick Fenner and Charles Ainger have published a new book on Sustainable Water through ICE publishing which will be available from February 2nd 2016.

Sustainable Water is part of the Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure series and follows a framework of fundamental sustainability principles outlined in their earlier volume  Sustainable Infrastructure : Principles into Practice ( 2014)  offering guidance and examples of how these can be applied to the water sector. It is designed to be readily accessible to practitioners and contains contributions from many leading voices in the water industry, capturing their collective experiences and perspectives. 

Starting by exploring the challenges and issues which impact on managing all forms of water, the book considers  water supply, wastewater disposal and flood management, examining water in both urban and rural systems, as well as identifying the ways  basic water and sanitation provision is met in the developing world, where solutions are often bounded by a different set of constraints. Case studies are given of successful innovation by water utility operators and the final section deals with how the necessary changes can be brought about by those working in the water industry.  Sustainable Water explains what is needed to provide more sustainable solutions in each part of the  water industry and describes the latest best practice and methodologies, illustrated with leading industry examples. Dick and Charles also  highlight key trends to enable innovation and suggest  the right questions to ask at each stage of project delivery, focusing on what engineers can do. Sustainable Water identifies and applies the critical changes needed to provide more sustainable solutions, and to embed these into a tradition of excellence by delivering sufficient water through a good service, of the right quality and at an affordable cost, as straightforwardly as possible.

Contents and Contributors

  • Introduction to key Sustainability principles for the water sector ( Dick and Charles)
  • Challenges and opportunities (Dick and Charles)
  • Water Resources ( Trevor Bishop - Environment Agency)
  • Water in the urban system  (Professor Richard Ashley; Ecofutures Ltd)
  • Water in the rural system  (Martin Ross, formerly South West Water; Rainstorms Devon Ltd)
  • Water demand and supply ( Richard Burns, formerly Veolia Water;EcoKIS Ltd, )
  • Wastewater Management (  Adrian Johnson - MWH)
  • Drainage and Flood Resilience ( David Balmforth, Institution of Civil Engineers and MWH)
  • Innovating beyond operations - a water company example ( Charles and Dick with Steve Kaye- Anglian Water)
  • Water in Development (Professor Richard Carter; Richard Carter associates Ltd)
  • Drivers and barriers to innovation, and effective responses ( Charles and Dick with Adrian Johnson, MWH)
  • Case studies - enablers for sustainability innovation ( Charles and Dick)
  • Ending thoughts - the journey to sustainable water ( Charles and Dick)

 Other books in the series include: Sustainable Buildings (2015)  and Sustainable Transport ( due for publication in 2017)

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.

 

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