Case Studies Illustrating the Multiple-Use Water Services Options

  • Čedo Maksimović
  • Mathew KurianEmail author
  • Reza Ardakanian
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)


This brief comprises case studies that illustrate blue-green options in urban locations in Seoul, Melbourne, Philadelphia, Wallington and Brisbane as well as projects conducted by nonprofit organisations in both Asia and Africa. Each case study breaks out the challenges, policy framework, benefits, benchmarks, lessons learned (success and failures) and potential next steps. The section on MUS, an integrated, participatory service delivery approach that considers water users’ multiple needs as a starting point and involves design, financing, provision and management of sustainable water services along with supporting programmes regarding human health, livelihoods and environment, provides insight into programmes conducted in seven countries.


BedZED DRMS Green City, Clean Waters’ plan Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Land-Water-Infrastructure MUS RHM RWH WSUD 


Keywords and Definitions


Beddington Zero Energy Development is an environmentally friendly housing development near Wallington, England, in the London Borough of Sutton


Decentralised Rainwater Management Systems

Green City, Clean Waters’ plan

25-year plan adopted by the city of Philadelphia to reduce pollution from CSO to the extent that 85 % of the water would be treated in the CSS

Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)

Applies nature-complying methods to manage run-off at the source through soil and vegetation absorption and filtration of water


Implements the following practices large-scale application of GSI techniques on public areas; large-scale tree planting; increased access and enhanced recreational opportunities on waterways; open spaces maintenance and use to manage stormwater; redevelopment of empty and abandoned areas and transformation to open spaces; restoration of streams for improvement of aquatic habitats; grey stormwater infrastructure maintenance and improvement projects


Multiple-Use water Services


Rainwater harvesting and management


Rainwater harvesting


Water sensitive urban design


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Čedo Maksimović
    • 1
  • Mathew Kurian
    • 2
    Email author
  • Reza Ardakanian
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.UNU-FLORESUnited Nations UniversityDresdenGermany

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