Policy ForumWater

Built infrastructure is essential

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Science  07 Aug 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6248, pp. 585-586
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac7606

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Built water infrastructure supported the evolution of all human societies and will remain an integral part of socioeconomic development and modernization. Some postindustrial societies not only seek to “preserve” existing aquatic ecosystems in their otherwise transformed landscapes but also insist that others do the same. They suggest that “green infrastructure” can provide “equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) ‘gray’ water infrastructure” (1).