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EPSRC Reference: GR/M16405/01
Title: A MULTI-CRITERIA ANALYSIS/RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL TO ASSESS THE RELATIVE SUSTAINABILITY OF WATER SYSTEMS
Principal Investigator: Butler, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Pearson, Professor PJG Anderson, Professor D Leach, Professor M
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Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 June 1998 Ends: 30 November 2001 Value (£): 92,818
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Water Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Water
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The problem of defining when one system or another is more or less sustainable is difficult, and utilities are currently faced with intractable questions when trying to decide whether changes to systems or practices will result in greater or lesser sustainability. This issue is crucial in current thinking for investment in the UK water industry and has implications which potentially affect decisions about millions of pounds worth of investment both in the immediate and longer term future. Such issues are important to all elements of developed societies and have major implications for developing economies. The proposed project is an extension of the work of two-multidisciplinary tams currently funded under the EPSRC sustainable cities initiative. These teams, together with additional researchers, propose to develop a prototype simulation tool to integrate analytical systems (largely already developed) for the analysis of the economic, environmental, technical and social-health components which are required to determine relative sustainability. Utilities may use the tool to determine whether system changes are likely to result in more or less sustainability in terms of these perspectives. The prototype tool will be tested using two case studies (sanitary wastewater and water distribution).
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