Urban Water Infrastructure: Informing design and policy implementation


The United States is facing growing concerns of water infrastructure degradation: is it economically and environmentally beneficial to build new or repair existing systems?


This research will move towards the idea of sustainable development and sustainable urban water infrastructures by proposing alternatives of urban water infrastructure systems that are resilient to the following: 

  • major internal stressors (infrastructure aging)

  • major external stressors (population growth and climate change) 

  • costs (economic, resource consumption, and pollution generation)

The research will first be conducted in the context of Tampa, Florida, given the local-specific nature of water science and management, as well as the more rapid population growths and dramatic climate change impacts in coastal cities. 


The research can inform policy makers about different water challenges coming from a variety of U.S. and international cities.