10 Steps to Sustainable Water Planning for Your Community!

Integrated resource planning, or IRP, is a comprehensive form of water planning that considers all aspects of water resources planning – water supply, wastewater and stormwater – and the interrelationship between them. Its ultimate objective is to establish long-term, least-cost goals that sustainably support a community’s needs and ensures water resource protection.

As communities continue to grapple with budget shortfalls, mounting water infrastructure needs and overwhelming stormwater pollution problems, we need to ensure we are making the best water infrastructure investment decisions and utilizing funds the most efficiently.

Based-off lessons learned during an IRP pilot project CNT and its partners conducted in 2011, CNT has created a succinct 10-step guide for communities in how to implement IRP in their community. This how-to fact sheet can help guide any community in how to move toward a more sustainable approach to water resource planning and management. IRP is a holistic planning approach that can help improve water service efficiency, which helps conserve water resources, reduces costs and bolsters community prosperity and vitality.

See if this innovative approach to water management is right for your community:
“Implementing Integrated Water Resource Planning in Your Community”
This 10-Step Guide can help your community as it moves towards more sustainable water planning.
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For more information about CNTs integrated water resource planning work including a white paper and a final recommendations report from a pilot project, click here.