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Urban water quality and the Triple Bottom Line - Can we reconcile the irreconcilables?

Goonetilleke, Ashantha & Thomas, Evan C. (2003) Urban water quality and the Triple Bottom Line - Can we reconcile the irreconcilables? In Douglas, Bob, Furnass, Bryan, & Goldie, Jenny (Eds.) In search of sustainability, February to November 2003.

Abstract

The adoption of a triple-bottom line approach is advocated to safeguard urban water quality. Ecosystem functions need to be addressed initially followed by social and then economic needs. This calls for a cultural change towards urban water resources rather than the current piecemeal approach. Water and water environments are valuable community assets. Urban land use coupled with anthropogenic activities alters the stream flow regime and degrade water quality. Urban water pollution is difficult to cost in terms on conventional monetary measures. True costs extend beyond immediate human or the physical boundaries of the urban area and affect the function of surrounding ecosystems. Current approaches to safeguard water quality are largely ineffective. They are generally based either on, insufficient design knowledge, faulty value judgements or inadequate consideration of life cycle costs. The problem of urban water pollution can only be remedied through innovative planning and the courage to implement sustainable practices.

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ID Code: 4105
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: urban water quality, triple bottom line, water quality treatment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Water Quality Engineering (090508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Technologies (090703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:50

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