2017 Working Group: The Future of Urban Water and Sanitation

The Future of Urban Water and Sanitation
Kory Russel, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon

As cities around the Pacific Rim and world continue to expand rapidly, traditional water and sanitation systems are failing to meet the challenge. Over consumption of water, lost nutrients, and the failure to expand services to underrepresented and vulnerable populations all indicate the need for a water and sanitation revolution. This working group aimed to address how water and sanitation services can evolve to be truly sustainable, link urban areas with farmland through nutrient flows and provide cost effective services to those most in need.