What's getting in the way of a One Water approach to water services planning and management?
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- Water: Journal of the Australian Water Association, 2014, 41 (3), pp. 67 - 73
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A range of factors prevents the development of institutional changes that would allow a shift to "One Water" systems. Foremost of these is the inertia associated with the dominant paradigm of centralised and siloed systems. This, together with the complex structure of regulations that currently exist for water supply, wastewater and storm water management, poses significant obstacles to a fully integrated approach. The regulatory patchwork environment, with overlapping responsibilities and jurisdictions, particularly with respect to the need for management of both public health and environmental risks, currently hinders system integration. This paper aims to understand what institutional challenges organisations engaged in the One Water approach have faced.
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