Infrastructure

Water infrastructure ensures that our water is stored, delivered and managed properly. Water infrastructure refers to the basic physical structures needed to manage water. Water infrastructure includes dams and reservoirs, water and wastewater treatment plants, irrigation canals, sewage systems for draining stormwater and structures used for flood mitigation.

Dams and Reservoirs

Dams are structures that are built on a river in order to retain water for one or more specific purposes (e.g. hydroelectricity generation). Reservoirs are formed behind a dam. 

A reservoir is a body of water that has been “formed or modified by human activity for specific purposes, in order to provide a reliable and controllable [water] resource”.

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Green Infrastructure

One of the challenges surrounding green infrastructure and grey infrastructure is a lack of clear, consistent definitions of the terms. Green infrastructure and grey infrastructure can both refer to work outside of water, such as buildings or transport; however, each of these can also impact water management.

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