One Water: Coordination Efforts for Sustainable Communities

June 20, 2017

Recognizing that all water has value, One Water is a concept that "integrates the planning and management of water supply, wastewater, and stormwater systems in a way that minimizes the impact on the environment and maximizes the contribution to social and economic vitality." The shift to One Water parallels both the rise of the "Utility of the Future" in the wastewater sector and forges new partnerships between the water sector and other sectors.

Where is coordination taking place and how can planners be involved? How can it increase resilience and help us build more sustainable communities?

This session provided a brief overview of One Water management and discussed research efforts underway in the water/wastewater community to help communities move toward One Water. Topics included improving coordination between water managers and urban planners; incorporating non-potable onsite treatment into building design; and innovative stormwater solutions to achieve co-benefits in diversified water supplies, flooding mitigation, and increased community well-being.

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Katy Lackey

Katy Lackey is a research manager at the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF). Her work focuses on climate change and resiliency planning, energy, decentralized (onsite) treatment systems, and integrated water management. Previously, she worked as a program coordinator for World Camp, Inc. in Ahmedabad, India, and Malawi, Africa. She directed outreach programs in primary schools and with nearby villages, increasing access to health and environmental education. This work led Lackey to a career in water — particularly, the intersection of gender, health issues (HIV/AIDS, malaria), access to natural resources, and the impact climate change has on resource management. Lackey serves on the executive board of the Women's Aquatic Network in Washington, D.C. She holds a master's in International Affairs from American University, and a master's in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the UN-mandated University for Peace.