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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

More Comfort and Certainty in the Ability of Onsite Treatment Systems to Serve Non-Potable Water Needs
New research removes a primary institutional barrier to onsite water treatment.
Online Tool Created to Assist Operators in Extreme Weather Scenarios
In order to better plan for the future, several of the largest water agencies and organizations, including WE&RF, collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a water resources dashboard.
Meet the Minds: Paula Kehoe on Pioneering Onsite Water Reuse in Cities
San Francisco is leading the way when it comes to the use of onsite, non-potable water systems that can take advantage of water sources such as stormwater, rainwater, and graywater.
One Water Spotlight: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
The November 2016 One Water Spotlight explores green infrastructure in the Milwaukee region.
FY 2017 The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) & Scotts Miracle-Gro Company: GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Program
The purpose of this program is to help drive garden and green space development in cities across the country.

Products & Tools

Risk-Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems (SIWM10C15)
This research developed a risk-based framework to establish scale-appropriate water quality criteria for decentralized non-potable water systems that protect public health.
National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems - Project Fact Sheet
National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems advances best management practices to support the use of onsite non-potable water systems for individual buildings or at the local scale.
One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource
Produced by the US Water Alliance, the roadmap serves as a guide for tackling the nation's water challenges and highlights the bold approaches that water utilities, businesses, agricultural groups, and municipalities are implementing to build a secure water future for all.
Stream Restoration as a BMP: Crediting Guidance (WERF1T13)
This Crediting Guidance provides a general technical framework for quantifying the water quality benefits of a specific suite of stream restoration practices, focusing on sediment and nutrients.
Sustainable Integrated Water Management 2016: Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides an overview of WE&RF's Integrated Water research portfolio.