Applying water soft path analysis in small urban areas: four Canadian case studies

to appear in The Journal of International Water Resources Development

David B. Brooks, Carol Mass, Oliver M. Brandes, & Laura Brandes

Published: January 2015

Keywords: Canada; water soft paths; water demand management; urban water management; urban water planning


Water soft paths begin from the vision that future water management has more to gain from reducing demand than from increasing supply. This article reviews three case studies of water soft path analysis in small urban areas in Canada, and one study of an urban planning process incorporating soft path concepts. The analytical studies indicate how communities can avoid the need for expansion of water infrastructure with negligible impacts on lifestyles or livelihoods. The planning study demonstrates that it is possible to introduce water soft paths early in a review, and that this will stimulate more ecologically sensitive thinking among citizens, officials and political leaders. Similar conclusions can be expected from soft path studies in urban areas elsewhere in the developed world.

Disciplines: Environment, Sustainability

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