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Utility Value of Water Data for Strategic Planning of Metropolitan Water Supplies

Version 1 : Received: 18 June 2019 / Approved: 20 June 2019 / Online: 20 June 2019 (04:02:14 CEST)

How to cite: Wang, K.; Kenway, S.; Hardy, M.; Urich, C. Utility Value of Water Data for Strategic Planning of Metropolitan Water Supplies. Preprints 2019, 2019060191 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201906.0191.v1). Wang, K.; Kenway, S.; Hardy, M.; Urich, C. Utility Value of Water Data for Strategic Planning of Metropolitan Water Supplies. Preprints 2019, 2019060191 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201906.0191.v1).

Abstract

Rapid technological advancements in information communication technologies have enabled water resource data collection at greater spatial and temporal scale. However, this water data is often limited to the purposes of its primary collection, and limits decisions made by stakeholders towards sustainable urban water management. This empirically focused research paper examines how water practitioners involved in strategic planning can capture additional values from integrating different water data. Furthermore, the perception of 22 urban water practitioners across Australia are presented, regarding the importance of and difficulty in using water data for strategic planning, and the necessary steps for achieving integrated water management practices. Interviewees perception revealed gaps in available water resource data (i.e. water quality, ground water, stormwater, and urban water use), and limitations of industry guidelines for operating within existing governance frameworks. Overall, the research highlights the Australian urban water sector’s perception of water data’s crucial role in representing stakeholders interest; however, changes made in water data’s collection are required for an integrated water management approach. Implications for future open water data standard are discussed.

Subject Areas

water data management; urban water system; strategic planning; integrated water management

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