December 10, 2013
Urban water managers and policy makers around the world are wrestling with the challenge of transitioning to a sustainable integrated urban water management approach, or the “One Water” paradigm. WaterRA is involved in this international collaboration with WERF and the Water Research Foundation via a project called “Integrated ‘One Water’ Management: Institutional Issues for Green-Grey Infrastructure” led by Associate Professor Pierre Mukheibir from the University of Technology, Sydney (WaterRA Project 3022).
A range of factors and challenges prevent the development of institutional changes, which would allow a shift to a “One Water” system. Foremost among these is the inertia associated with the dominant paradigm of centralised and siloed systems, resulting in a lack of engineering and public community understanding of the benefits of integrated systems. Another significant obstacle to a fully integrated approach is the complex structure of regulations. This project aims to understand what institutional challenges have faced organisations engaged in the One Water approach, and more importantly what strategies and actions were adopted to overcome them. If your organisation has undertaken projects that have faced these challenges the “One Water” project team would be very interested.