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Water Resources for the Built Environment: Management Issues and Solutions

Booth, Colin; Charlesworth, S.M.


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Colin Booth
Professor of Smart and Sustainable Infrastructures

S.M. Charlesworth


This book comprises three parts and eight sections, which are collated into twenty–nine chapters. The first part of the book (Sections 2, 3 and 4) addresses management issues and solutions to minimise water shortages and provide water security for society; whilst the second part of the book (Sections 5 and 6) addresses management issues and solutions to control excessive rainfall and minimise flooding impacts. The latter part of the book (Section 7) contextualises the issues of the earlier sections within international case studies from the developing world.

Section 1 forms the introduction to the book and provides insights into issues and examples of the need to balance water resources from the extremes of having too little (drought) versus having too much (flooding). Section 2 introduces water demand, policy and cost and gives insights into water strategy, policy and legislation for meeting water demand, whilst also looking at the issues of regulating, privatising and economics of water. Section 3 concentrates on water infrastructure and supply and presents insights into issues of large scale water storage, the impacts of powering the water industry, treatment of water to meet potable supply standards and delivering supplies in buildings. Section 4 assembles chapters dealing with water conservation and bestows insights into the concept of achieving water neutral housing developments, building regulation attempts to reduce water usage, reaping water from rainwater and greywater harvesting, and an innovative approach to utilising inland waterways. Section 5 centres on flooding responses and reinstatement and furnishes insights into measuring and monitoring rainfall, engineered schemes for managing and protecting communities from floodwater, the economic cost of flooding, burdens on the insurance sector, and a holistic approach to property flood protection. Section 6 ponders on flood solutions in the urban landscape and proffers insights into sustainable drainage systems, together with pavement drainage and green infrastructure benefits, the role of constructed wetlands and the treatment of wastewater. Section 7 contextualises international case studies with insights into water resources issues in Africa and Asia. Section 8 converges with a summary of the book and offers insights into the lessons that can be learnt for the future of water resources management.


Booth, C., & Charlesworth, S. (2014). Water Resources for the Built Environment: Management Issues and Solutions. Wiley Blackwell

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
ISBN 9780470670910
Keywords drought, flooding, water resources
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