Urban Developer gives you in-depth analysis of urban water demand, to improve water efficiency and consider alternative water supplies.
Urban centres, in Australia and around the world are growing in number and size. Secure water supplies are vital to vibrant, healthy and sustainable cities and towns, but these are under increasing pressure from population growth, economic development and climate change.
One proven response to the diminishing water supply is an integrated approach to water resource management. In this method, water managers consider all demand and supply elements of the urban water cycle to make the best use of all possible water sources (potable water, stormwater, wastewater and recycled water).
Across Australia and internationally, Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) strategies have improved the efficiency of water use, reduced environmental impacts, extended asset life and, most importantly improved water supply security.
We designed the Source Urban Developer plugin to specifically to help water managers investigate and design IWCM solutions in urban areas. You can bring the elements of the urban water cycle together within the tool, thus enabling you to study interactions between all water sources, across a range of temporal and spatial scales and explore such questions as:
- How much water is being used by different types of households?
- What are the most effective efficiency options?
- What opportunities exist to use alternative water supplies, such as rainwater tanks or recycled stormwater?
- How much can we reduce our need for traditional reticulated water supplies?