Re-visioning 21st Century Water Infrastructure: Solving for the Pattern of Sustainability

Increasing water demands, aging infrastructure, and the rising need for resiliency require a rethinking of the best approach to provide municipal water services (i.e., drinking water, wastewater, stormwater). The webinar described the development of integrated sustainability assessment metrics to quantify energy use, water use, life cycle costs, and human health & environmental impacts which provide a consistent framework for assessing water services. The presentation highlighted use of these metrics to alternative scenarios for replacing household septic systems in Cape Cod as part of a regional effort to address coastal eutrophication problems.

Presented by Dr. Jay Garland and ORISE fellow Xiaobo Xue

Dr. Jay L. Garland joined the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 as the Director of the Microbiological and Chemical Exposure Assessment Research Division within the Office of Research and Development. Dr. Garland received a B.S. in Zoology from the Ohio State University, a M.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech in 1985, and a Ph.D in Environment Science from the University of Virginia. His work is committed to the development of sustainable systems
using sound ecological principles and innovative technology.
Xiaobo Xue is an Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Technology (ORISE) postdoctoral fellow. She earned a MS in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, and a PhD in civil engineering from University of Pittsburgh. At the EPA, Dr. Xue developed several multidisciplinary models to analyze environmental and human health impacts of energy, water, agriculture, and infrastructure systems.