Wellington Regional Meeting - David Sedlak author of Water 4.0

There's still time to register for this weeks Wellington Regional Meeting featuring a presentation from David Sedlak, author of Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource.

Drinks, nibbles and networking will be available after the presentation.


The Past, Present and Future of the world’s most vital resource. Many of us have read his book’s, his latest book helps us to make informed decisions about the future and what the catalysts have been for the previous three revolutions in urban water systems that have occurred over the past 2,500 years and the technologies that will remake the system.

David and colleagues will be presenting in Auckland on Monday, 15 April from 9.30am - 10.30am at City Campus of the University of Auckland, Fale Pacifika and Wellington on the afternoon of Wednesday, 17 April, 3pm - 5.30pm at the Wharawaka Function Centre. Water New Zealand invites members and non-members to join them in welcoming David and colleagues at a Wellington Regional Meeting. Register for this event by clicking the register button to the right or contacting amy.samuelu@waternz.org.nz.

Abstract

Closing the Loop on Urban Water Use with Potable Water Recycling

David Sedlak
University of California at Berkeley

Over the past 2,500 years, three technological revolutions have made it possible to quench the thirst of cities, control waterborne diseases and eliminate the pollutants that fouled urban waterways. Water-stressed cities are currently making large investments in new, centralized approaches for obtaining drinking water that can be considered as a fourth water revolution.For example, cities in California, Texas and Colorado are turning to the reuse of municipal wastewater, harvesting of urban runoff and desalination of seawater to substitute for increasingly unreliable imported water sources.But this may not be good enough.Challenges associated with climate change, sea-level rise and competition for water resources may require us to develop new strategies that involve active management of natural systems as well as use of distributed water treatment and distribution systems.Ultimately, the right approach for enhancing water security will depend upon local factors including geography, geology and leadership.

Biographical Details

David Sedlak is the Plato Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the NSF engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).Professor Sedlak's research addresses the use of natural and engineered systems to improve water quality and new approaches for increasing the sustainability and resiliency of urban water systems. Sedlak is a member US National Academy of Engineering, recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Paul Busch Award for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research and the Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research. Sedlak is the author of Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource and serves as editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science & Technology.

This event is brought to you by The University of Auckland Engineering Department and Water New Zealand.

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