Looking at the way we currently plan our cities’ future development, do you wonder if the Planning Department and Water Utilities are on the same page for creating water resilient cities? Urban water systems keep our cities healthy, safe, and livable. But too often our water systems exemplify the linear “take-make-waste” paradigm common to modern cities. In the past, this linear approach was acceptable, affordable, even best practice.
For years, many forward thinking practitioners and scholars have been calling for an integration of land use planning and water management and there are instances where coordination already occurs. Despite the examples, integration remains uncommon. In terms of innovation theory, the integration of land use planning and water management has been initiated by innovators and used by early adopters, but integration has not “jumped the chasm” to be mainstreamed by practicing professionals. Until that happens, many innovative water solutions will remain more of an exception than the rule.
How can we as APWA professionals interact with Planning and Water Utilities to initiate actions for planners and water professionals to work early on in the process to develop resilient, water sensitive and vibrant communities? Water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals can weigh in on this issue, by Aug 5, 2016 and have a chance to win a mini–iPad by taking a 20-30 minute survey about ways to improve the state of collaboration between these sectors. The survey is conducted by the University of Arizona and sponsored by the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WERF) and the Water Research Foundation. Please use this link:
Public Works LA
Principal Environmental Engineer