The water sensitive city: principles for practice.

  title={The water sensitive city: principles for practice.},
  author={Tony Wong and R. R. Brown},
  journal={Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research},
  volume={60 3},
  • T. Wong, R. Brown
  • Published 1 July 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
With the widespread realisation of the significance of climate change, urban communities are increasingly seeking to ensure resilience to future uncertainties in urban water supplies, yet change seems slow with many cities facing ongoing investment in the conventional approach. This is because transforming cities to more sustainable urban water cities, or to Water Sensitive Cities, requires a major overhaul of the hydro-social contract that underpins conventional approaches. This paper provides… 

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