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But water infrastructure may be harder to change than most. That’s the argument put forth in a recent paper by researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (handily abbreviated ReNUWIt). In “The Innovation Deficit in Urban Water” [PDF], the authors argue that water infrastructure is systemically resistant to innovation — and put forth some ideas for what we can do about it.
"The water industry by nature is conservative," says David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley and a co-author of the paper. "It’s focused on public health, reliable service, and compliance with regulations. Those three things add up to create a system that’s resistant to change."
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