Sustainability Science

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 181–188 | Cite as

Sustainability in water resources management: changes in meaning and perception

  • Slawomir W. HermanowiczEmail author
Original Article


The meaning of sustainability in water resources management has changed through the time. Initially, meeting water demand was the dominant concern. While later quality issues became more important followed by wider water reuse, today sustainability must include a whole range of aspects (e.g., energy, pollution, persistent chemicals) on various spatial and time scales. New approaches to define sustainability metrics are needed that include three essential elements: the sphere of sustainability, its time horizon and its metric.


Water resources Water quality Water demand Physical sustainability Water reuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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