The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has released the Blueprint for One Water, a practical guide for agencies seeking to manage water resources holistically and sustainably.

The WRF is a leading sponsor of innovative research supporting the water community, and One Water is an integrated planning and implementation approach to managing finite water resources for long-term resilience and reliability, meeting both community and ecosystem needs.

The One Water approach is gaining prominence for its ability to move communities toward reliable and resilient water systems, but many utilities have expressed the need for tactical steps or guidance to develop a One Water framework,” said Rob Renner, chief executive officer of the Water Research Foundation. “Our goal with this blueprint is to give agencies the tools they need to get started, which we hope will lead to more widespread adoption and implementation.”

The blueprint builds on lessons learned from early One Water adopters, highlights how some visionary leaders are already successfully applying the concept, and also gives recommendations for integrating a multi-stakeholder process.

The blueprint contains:

  • Critical steps and significant actions toward the development of a One Water framework
  • Fundamental outcomes and milestones for each critical step
  • Methods for overcoming potential barriers and obstacles
  • IN excess of twelve case studies of One Water early adopters

The blueprint, sponsored by Water Research Foundation (WRF) project #4660, was developed by Brown and Caldwell, with input from more than 800 water professionals who took part in an international survey, as well as a two-day international workshop with 35 water professionals and in excess of 10 one-on-one interviews.

Wendy Broley, Brown and Caldwell water reuse leader and a co-principal investigator on the blueprint said, “With increasing uncertainties and challenges influencing the quantity and quality of this critical resource, utilities must commit to new ways of thinking to maintain reliable and resilient water systems. Many utilities implement One Water projects by starting small and building on successes, having discovered that as they innovate, others follow their lead. The Blueprint for One Water guidance document is a valuable starting point for this work to begin.”

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