Sustainable Water is a practical and accessible resource for engineers and other professionals who play vital roles in creating and maintaining water services. As part of the ‘Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure’ series, the book follows a framework of fundamental sustainability principles and offers guidance and examples of how these can be applied to the water sector. It is designed to be readily accessible to practitioners and contains contributions from many leading voices in the water industry.

The book begins by exploring the challenges and issues associated with the management of all forms of water, and goes on to consider water supply, wastewater disposal and flood management. It examines water in both urban and rural systems, and identifies the ways in which basic water and sanitation provision are met in the developing world. There are case studies of successful innovation by water utility operators and the final section is concerned with how the necessary changes can be brought about by those working in the water industry.

Sustainable Water provides readers with:

  • thorough explanations of what is needed to provide more sustainable solutions in each part of the water industry
  • descriptions of the latest best practice and methodologies, illustrated with leading industry examples
  • key trends to enable innovation
  • advice on the right questions to ask at each stage of project delivery.

An invaluable resource, Sustainable Water identifies and applies the critical changes needed to provide more sustainable solutions, and explores how these can be embedded into a tradition of excellence by delivering sufficient water through a good service, of the right quality, and at an affordable cost as straightforwardly as possible.


Ashley, R. M. (2016). Water in the Urban System. In C.  Ainger and R.  Fenner,  eds.,  Sustainable Water.  UK:  ICE Publishing.

Last updated: 6th Apr 2017