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Infrastructure Sustainability and Design by Daniel Schodek, Stephen J. Ramos, Andreas Georgoulias, Spiro N. Pollalis

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Water Infrastructure and Sustainability

Tom A. Pedersen

CDM

Introduction

Water is our most important natural resource. Civilizations that recognize the centrality of water to life advance; those that lose sight of this precept suffer. Concern over the state of the world’s water resources, a topic that had previously been the domain of scientists and engineers, has now entered the public dialog spurred on by the Internet, social media, and the ubiquitous reporting on the state of the environment by the emerging sustainability citizenry.

Signals of an impending water resources and infrastructure crisis have been identified by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations (UN) and others. For example:

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