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Urban-rural waste borderlands: City planning, EU water quality, and local wastewater

  • Because EU water quality policy can result in infrastructure creation or adaptation at the local level across member states, compliance cases are worth examining critically from a sustainable spatial planning perspective. In this study, the 2000 EU Water Framework Directive’s (WFD) reach to local implementation efforts in average towns and cities is shown through the case study of nonconforming household wastewater infrastructure in the German state of Rhineland Palatinate. Seeing wastewater as a socio-technical infrastructure, we ask how the WFD implementation can be understood in the context of local infrastructure development, sustainability, and spatial planning concepts. In particular, this study examines what compliance meant for the centralization or decentralization of local wastewater infrastructure systems—and the sustainability implications for cities from those choices.

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Author:Jennifer Gerend
Parent Title (English):Cogent Social Sciences
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Cogent
Editor:Richard Meissner
Document Type:Article
Date of completion:2019/04/03
Date of publication:2019/03/10
Publishing institution:Universität Trier
Contributing corporation:The publication was funded by the Open Access Fund of Universität Trier and the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Release Date:2019/04/03
Tag:Water Framework Directive; local wastewater planning; urban and rural boundaries
GND Keyword:Abwasser; Europäische Union / Wasserrahmenrichtlinie; Stadtplanung
Volume (for the year ...):5
Issue / no.:1
Number of pages:11
Source:Cogent Social Sciences (2019), 5: 1589662
Institutes:Fachbereich 6
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 550 Geowissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCC BY: Creative-Commons-Lizenz 4.0 International

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