Issues for One Water Management,” to define and examine how
institutions have worked around the barriers to achieve integrated water management programs.
ASPECTS OF THE One Water approach have largely been driven
by regulatory activities and resource constraints, but an overall
systems approach is still missing. This project found that institutional efforts to expand the One Water concept across all
aspects of the urban water cycle have been very limited. Most
case studies reveal that water institutions are primarily engaged
with the delivery of basic water, sanitation, or stormwater services.
At the same time, looming capital investments required to
refurbish aging infrastructure and upgrade existing infrastructure are putting financial strain on utilities and local government
institutions. In response, urban water managers and policymak-ers around the world are struggling to transition to a sustainable and integrated urban water management paradigm. This
paradigm, termed “One Water,” integrates planning and management of drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems to
minimize environmental impacts and maximize potential social
and economic benefits.
The Water Research Foundation (WRF), Water Environment
Research Foundation (WERF), and Water Research Australia
(WaterRA) collaboratively funded project #4487, “Institutional
Institutional Issues for
One Water Management
Dr. Pierre Mukheibir, University of Technology Sydney; Carol Howe, ForEvaSolutions;
and Danielle Gallet, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Residents of urban areas are demanding a whole-society water approach, in which water systems are designed and managed so that all the needs of the urban landscape are addressed.