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A new approach to urban water management: Safe and sure

Butler, D.; Farmani, R.; Fu, G.; Ward, S.; Diao, K.; Astaraie-Imani, M.

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D. Butler

R. Farmani

G. Fu

S. Ward

K. Diao

M. Astaraie-Imani


This paper introduces a new approach to water management that is 'Safe & SuRe'. This includes presenting a conceptual framework to link the emerging threats of climate change and variability, rapid urbanization and population growth, energy constraint and tightening environmental regulation through to their consequences on social, economic and environmental recipients. The framework allows identification of the role and need for mitigation, adaptation and coping strategies. The paper proposes definitions and discusses what engineering, organizational and/or social options can potentially develop the degree of resilience and sustainability needed to deal with these 21st century threats. The paper goes on to propose how these approaches might be objectively assessed and identifies gaps in our knowledge that require further research.


Butler, D., Farmani, R., Fu, G., Ward, S., Diao, K., & Astaraie-Imani, M. (2014). A new approach to urban water management: Safe and sure. Procedia Engineering, 89, 347-354.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 17, 2014
Publication Date Dec 17, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2018
Journal Procedia Engineering
Print ISSN 1877-7058
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 89
Pages 347-354
Keywords adaptation, coping, mitigation, reliability, resilience, safety, sustainability, water management
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 16th Conference on Water Distribution System Analysis 2014


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