Urban Water Systems

Water is the lifeblood of cities.  Freshwater, wastewater, and environmental water systems each provide vital services, and each can cause profound problems.  Citizens and industry need freshwater to live and function.  Without adequate wastewater management cities quickly become unhealthy, fetid places.  Imbalances in environmental water can cause degradation, drought, and fire or, conversely, catastrophic flooding.  This course examines urban water systems as an integrated management challenge. Case studies drawn from cities in North America and global regions experiencing rapid urbanization are used to identify emerging problems and prescribe best practices.