Sustainable Design for Urban Water Management: A Case Study for Ground Water in U. P., India

Architect Gaurav Chandra, Dr. Manjari Chakraborty


The basic concept of existing infrastructure systems
in urban scenario for water management (water supply and
waste water treatment) is a century old. A thought should be
given, whether the existing traditional concept, characterized
by centralized structures, mixing of waste water streams of
various qualities and open loop design is suitable to meet the
new today’s requirements with respect to sustainability. Since
water infrastructure systems strongly affect the sustainability
of water resources management, hence it becomes a prime
objective to handle it with great care. Long term perspective
should be developed to integrate technological, organizational
and institutional innovations into coherent alternative urban
water systems with imposed eco-efficiency.
Underpinning the feasibility assessment, design and
construction phases for a range of engineering infrastructure
works requires a sound knowledge and understanding of how
hydrogeology (groundwater) can be impacted and managed.
With prolonged drought, emerging climate change impacts and
population growth, increased demand for groundwater to
augment water supply and greater recognition of the
groundwater value presents new challenges and requirements
for the engineering sector to meet out the sustainability issues.


Urban water Infrastructure, Sustainability, Groundwater

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