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Decentralized Urban Wastewater Reuse in China: - with Focus on Grey Water
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Grey water reuse has attracted more and more attention among researchers and professionals in recent years. As most of the Chinese cities are undergoing the process of fast urbanization and economic development, many water-related problems have occurred and urban water resources management has become a strategic issue. The urge to reconsider the conventional ways of utilizing water and discharging the wastewater in cities is calling. As a relatively simple and flexible way, decentralized grey water reuse system can help to make the first step in achieving a sustainable urban water management. However, whether it is feasible in China is still a question. This paper aims at looking for the answer based on a survey and interviews with professionals in the fields from different Chinese cities. The result shows “reuse” as one of the solutions of solving water shortage and achieving sustainable water management is not as simple as one may think. In general, decentralized urban grey water / wastewater reuse is not easy to flourish in China in the near future though most of the respondents hold a positive attitude about reuse itself. To explain this difference between attitude and actual planning we need more historical, political and social-economic understanding with a touch of “Chinese characteristics”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
grey water reuse, reclaimed wastewater, decentralized, urban, China, sustainable water management
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99625ISRN: liu-temav/mpssd-a-13/013--seOAI: diva2:657399
Subject / course
Master´s Programme in Science for Sustainable Development, 120 ects
Available from: 2013-10-23 Created: 2013-10-18 Last updated: 2013-10-23Bibliographically approved

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