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Water Reuse Trajectories

Wilcox, J; Bell, S; Nasiri, F; (2016) Water Reuse Trajectories. In: Bell, S and Allen, A and Hofmann, P and Teh, TH, (eds.) Urban Water Trajectories. (pp. 69-80). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Water reuse is an obvious and important response to water scarcity in cities. It takes many forms – potable and non-potable, centralised and decentralised, direct and indirect, and planned and unplanned. How different forms of reuse emerge and stabilise depends on technical, economic, social, environmental and political factors, and specific local conditions. This chapter reviews trends in potable and non-potable reuse, including international examples of urban water reuse. The analysis shows that public acceptance, regulation, proven technology and support for innovation are needed to provide the conditions for water reuse systems to function. The diversity of approaches to water reuse in cities indicates that urban water infrastructure is diverging from the twentieth century ideal of a centralised, universal supply of potable water. The different forms of water reuse present specific challenges for regulating and governing water infrastructure that require reform of existing arrangements and new institutions and management strategies.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Water Reuse Trajectories
ISBN-13: 978-3-319-42684-6
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-42686-0_5
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42686-0_5
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Water Reuse, Treatment Train, Potable Reuse, Toilet Flushing, Public Acceptability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503292
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