Urban Water and Sanitation

The Future of Urban Water and Sanitation

  • Kory Russel,  Asst Professor,  Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

As cities around the Pacific Rim and world continue to expand rapidly, traditional wastewater 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 aims to address how wastewater 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.  Previously, this working group examined how urban areas could take tangible first steps towards remaking their wastewater and sanitation systems. In 2018, the working group will examine how more sustainable wastewater and sanitation solutions can be taken to scale around the Pacific Rim

Intended academic outcomes include, a book chapter, a grant proposal and possibly a policy/research brief.