Integrated water management plans manage water from the water supply, stormwater, and wastewater as a single resource. These plans work to improve overall water quality and water supply reliability, mitigate climate change, and improve the health of both humans and animals.
One way that integrated water management plans benefit the environment is through water reuse and recycling. This supplies a community with locally sourced drinking water rather than relying on high-emission water sources like imported water and seawater desalination.
Integrated water management also entails steam and canyon restoration. This provides a proper habitat for local wildlife, lowers carbon emissions, and slows the flow of water for natural pollution filtration and reduced erosion.
Another key component of integrated water management is the restoration of coastal wetlands. This is essential for forming barriers against rising sea levels and sequestering carbon.
The final part of integrated water management is stormwater capture. This comes with a variety of benefits including reduced pollution, flood prevention, and addition to the water supply.
These practices combined provide several benefits not only to the planet but also to human health. When implemented on a large scale, they help to create a green community where the residents and wildlife can thrive.