Traditional water and wastewater systems are built using pipe infrastructure: one pipe for the supply of clean water, and another pipe for transporting wastewater. Sometimes these infrastructures are combined, i.e. combined sewers, increasing the downstream costs of treatment due to higher volumes of water, and also producing a plethora of issues during storm events as rain water overhauls the system and overflows onto streets.
At Urban Hydrologics we believe that future developments in urban design and planning will adopt decentralized solutions — that new development schemes will increasingly attempt to achieve self sustaining supplies of fresh water. This will be achieved through extensive treatment and recycling of used water. With the increasing trend towards urbanization, managing surface water runoff in urban areas is one of the most fundamental criteria of city making in the 21st century.