Sustainable Water Use and Management

Part of the series Green Energy and Technology pp 3-16


Ethics, Sustainability, and Water Management: A Canadian Case Study

  • Ingrid Leman StefanovicAffiliated withFaculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University Email author 

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This paper argues that values, perceptions, and attitudes affect decision making in water management and that a better understanding of water ethics will ensure more reliable management practices. A Canadian case study, focusing on the City of Toronto’s Biosolids and Residuals Master Plan (BRMP), illustrates the importance of values in water management practices. In 2007, the author served as one of a seven member expert peer review panel to evaluate the model used by consultants to recommend biosolids management upgrades at each of the city’s four wastewater treatment plants. Both the decision-making model as well as community reactions to the model and master plan revealed value judgments that ultimately affected the management process and implementation of recommendations over recent years.


Ethics Values in sustainability Biosolids and water management Perceptions and attitudes in decision making