Chapter 7: Water Use and Conservation

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As a way to reduce the negative impacts of urbanization, the concept of integrated site and building water management (ISBWM) was developed by mimicking the basis of the hydrologic cycle. ISBWM uses a series of onsite strategies that complement prudent decisions of water usage in daily human activities. The systems and strategies employed by the ISBWM approach can be applied to an individual site or to a series of sites in a neighborhood or building tract to take maximum advantage of all viable water harvesting and treatment sources to minimize the dependence on municipal, centralized water supply system.