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"Right sizing" Water Infrastructure
in post-industrial communities with shrinking populations
University of Michigan Water Center
, with the advice of regional infrastructure experts, is producing case studies of communities with shrinking populations that have addressed issues, challenges, and barriers to "right sizing" their water infrastructure. These case studies will be tools for municipal decision-makers, community organizations, and water and wastewater practitioners whose communities face similar challenges.
We need your assistance. Please provide case study suggestions where municipalities, states, or regions have grappled with key issues
related to right sizing water infrastructure in one of our six focus areas: 1) Political Will and Regional Collaboration, 2) Financing and Funding, 3) Giving Voice to the Public, 4) Affordability and Assistance Programs, 5) Public Education, and 6) Extra-Municipal Asset Management. Please also keep the following in mind as you consider potential cases:
For this project, “
” is defined as reconfiguring water systems and services to meet current and projected needs;
The focus is on post-industrial communities, where
infrastructure investment needs out-weigh available resources
. For example, Detroit and Flint in Michigan; Gary, Indiana; and Buffalo, New York;
We are interested in how communities manage excess capacity when
populations are both smaller and more spread-out
than the ones for which their water and wastewater systems were designed; and
We are interested in existing and emergent strategies for
storm water management
that address flooding and untreated sewage discharges to local receiving waters.
You will have the opportunities to provide multiple suggestions for case studies.
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