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EPSRC Reference: EP/K006924/1
Title: Safe & SuRe: Towards a New Paradigm for Urban Water Management
Principal Investigator: Butler, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Farmani, Professor R Fu, Professor G Ward, Dr S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Arup Group Ltd Black & Veatch Consumer Council for Water
CSIRO Eawag Aquatic Research Environment Agency (Grouped)
Environmental Sustainability KTN Indian Inst of Technology (IIT) Bombay Indian Institute of Science
INSA Laval University Lund, University of
Monash University Severn Trent Plc Group Technion - Israel Institue of Technology
Tsinghua University University of Florida University of Innsbruck
University of Melbourne University of Saskatchewan University of South Australia
University of South Florida Water Industry Forum
Department: Engineering Computer Science and Maths
Organisation: University of Exeter
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 01 March 2013 Ends: 31 August 2018 Value (£): 1,540,016
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Coastal & Waterway Engineering Water Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Water
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
31 Jul 2012 Engineering Prioritisation Meeting - 31 July Announced
09 Oct 2012 Programme Grant & Fellowships Interviews - 9 & 10 October 2012 (Eng) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The water sector in the UK has, by many measures, been very successful. In England and Wales, drinking water standards stands at over 99.9%, water pipe leakage is down by a third, sewer flooding reduced by more three quarters in the last 10 years and bathing water standards are at record high levels. This success has been achieved using a 19th century design approach based on the idea of plentiful resources, unrestrained demand and a stable climate. However, a perfect storm of climate change, increasing population, urbanisation, demographic shifts and tighter regulation is brewing! Each one of these challenges is a threat to the water sector and, taken in isolation, existing approaches may be able to cope. Taken together and compounded by the speed, size and uncertainty of change, the system is heading for failure unless something radical is done. The current way of working looks increasingly out of date and out of step with emerging thinking and best practice in some leading nations.

This fellowship aims to meet these emerging challenges and global uncertainties head on by developing a new approach to water management in UK cities. The starting point is a new vision that is: Safe & SuRe. In a sense, our existing water systems are all about safety goals: public health, flood management and environmental protection. These are important and still need to be respected, but they are NOT sufficient to rise to the coming challenges. In the new world of rapid and uncertain change, water systems in cities must also be Sustainable and Resilient. Only a 'Safe & SuRe' system can be moulded, adapted and changed to face the emerging threats and resulting impacts.

In this fellowship. my vision will be developed, tested and championed into practice over a period of 5 years. It will draw from multi-disciplinary collaboration with leading academics inside and outside the field. A comprehensive, quantitative evaluation framework will be developed to test in detail what options or strategies can contribute towards a Safe & SuRe water future, focussing on the challenges of water scarcity, urban flooding and river pollution. Recommendations and best practice guidance will be developed in conjunction with key stakeholders.

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