Increasing global change pressures, escalating costs and other risks inherent to conventional urban water management are causing cities to face ever increasing difficulties in efficiently managing scarcer and less reliable water resources. As well, satisfying water uses/services and waste water disposal without creating environmental, social or economic damage is an increasingly difficult challenge.
SWITCH involved innovation in the area of sustainable urban water management. This ambitious project looked towards water management in the 'city of the future' aimed to challenge existing paradigms and to find and promote more sustainable alternatives to the conventional ways of managing urban water. SWITCH also set out to do things differently by carrying out action-orientated research in cities that was more demand-led reflecting the expressed needs of cities.
The SWITCH project included:
FHRC were responsible for Governance issues. This involved the preparation of: an overview report on governance, the development of a methodology for institutional mapping, and guidelines for procedural equity. FHRC was also involved with Middlesex University's Urban Pollution Research Centre (UPRC) in the development of a GIS-based SUDS selection and location tool for the evaluation of hydrologic performance and storm flow reduction at the urban scale. The Geographic Information Decision System Support tool, SUDSLOC, aims at:
2006 – 2011
FHRC Project Manager:
FHRC Contact for SUDSLOC:
Dr Christophe Viavattene