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Rethinking America’s Urban Water Infrastructure: Resource Efficiency, Access, and Public Health

2019 Kappe Lecturer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Date: Time: 11:00 am–11:50 am
Nebraska Union Room: South Platte Room
Additional Info: NU
Contact: Bruce Dvorak, (402) 472-3431, bdvorak1@unl.edu
Dr. Nancy G. Love, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, is the Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Water infrastructure renewal is receiving significant attention today as many of our systems are meeting (or exceeding) design life. Cities in countries with well-developed economies like the U.S. enjoy economic prosperity in part due to the development of heavily centralized water systems that create high levels of water quality and public health, on average. While centralized water infrastructure has served us well, Dr. Love argues that we should not be constrained to applying 20th century thinking as we plan for the future. The current revolution in information technologies (IT: software, hardware and devices) has the potential to transform urban water infrastructure by creating more resilient and flexible hybrid systems comprised of an interacting collection of centralized and decentralized physical & IT systems.
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