Study examines innovative ways to improve water infrastructure

09/16/2013 | Atlantic Cities, The

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Researchers at the Stanford University Center for Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure released a study that identifies some of the reasons why there is little innovation in water infrastructure and introduces steps to foster innovation in urban water delivery. "The water industry ... is focused on public health, reliable service, and compliance with regulations. Those three things add up to create a system that's resistant to change," said David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkley and a co-author of the study. "[R]ethinking institutional forms at the same depth as rethinking the hydrological, biological, and infrastructure systems may be appropriate," the paper said.

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