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Research Area: Integrated Water

Our Objective

SIWM takes a holistic approach to wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, and reclaimed water to achieve the goal of “One Water”, or Integrated Water Management (IWM). WE&RF’s IWM approach includes a portfolio of centralized and decentralized systems, a mix of gray and green infrastructure, increased recycling of water and nutrients, and resource recovery implemented at a variety of levels. Working collaboratively with other water organizations and partners, WE&RF aims to provide guidance through demonstrations, best practices, and decision-making tools for a paradigm shift towards sustainable water management. These new systems offer economic opportunities for both public and private sectors, as well as increased social and environmental value for the community. SIWM incorporates the climate impacts on water quantity and quality that will enable communities to analyze risk tolerance and address climate resilience.

The key areas within WE&RF’s Sustainable Integrated Water Management (SIWM) program are: integrated water, stormwater, watersheds, decentralized systems, and climate impacts on water quantity and quality.

 
                            

 

Latest News

Integrated Water Management Survey
Researchers from Colorado State University are conducting a short survey of financial officers to assess the state of financing sustainable water practices in water service organizations. 
WE&RF Awards Research Contract to Examine Urban Tree Systems on Stormwater Quality
WE&RF awarded a contract to Kansas State University to begin research on Incorporating Forestry into Stormwater Management Programs: State of the Science and Business Model Evaluation for Nutrient Reduction and Volume Control (SIWM12C15).
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Releases New Story Map on Atmospheric Rivers
This story map describes the efforts of NOAA Research to better understand atmospheric rivers, their impacts on communities, and provide essential information to forecast and prepare for these events. 
Registration is Open for the Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems Workshop
The workshop is held in partnership with the Water Research Foundation, US Water Alliance, California Water Environment Association, and the National Water Research Institute.
CH2M Makes Metro Atlanta Water-Ready through 2050 with Integrated Plan
Metropolitan Atlanta has approved an integrated water resource management plan designed to meet the water and wastewater demands for the entire region through 2050.

Products & Tools

Agricultural Best Management Practices Database (AgBMPDB): Version 2.0 Data Summary (SIWM15T16)
Provides a summary of agricultural BMP performance data available in the second release of the Agricultural Best Management Practice Database (AgBMPDB).
Agricultural Best Management Practices Database (AgBMPDB): Version 2.0 Data Summary (SIWM14T16)
Provides a summary of agricultural BMP performance data available in the second release of the Agricultural Best Management Practice Database (AgBMPDB).
International Stormwater BMP Database: 2016 Summary Statistics (03-SW-1COh)
Provides a summary of BMP performance for total suspended solids, nutrients, metals, and bacteria for the most commonly monitored and reported BMP types available in the 2016 release of the International BMP Database.
Fostering Innovation Within Water Utilities (LIFT11C15)
This report provides information to assist utilities seeking to foster innovation and manage ideas as valuable resources.
Drivers, Hindrances, Planning, and Benefits Quantification: Economic Pathways and Partners for Water Reuse and Stormwater Harvesting (SIWM8R14)
This report focuses on the drivers, hindrances, and planning of water reuse projects and reports on how utilities that have and have not built reuse projects see them differently.