Fresh water provisioning is an ecosystem service essential for human needs, which is distributed unevenly across the globe. Accounting for the availability and variability of ecosystem services has been largely neglected when evaluating the sustainability of human activities. Achieving sustainable water use therefore requires an evaluation of the effects of human activities on the local water cycle. By quantifying water flows in terms of quality, quantity, location and time it becomes possible to match human water demand with local availability. In this project the possible methods and technologies to achieve sustainable water use and discharge based on the local context are explored. By considering the local ecosystem as a water user with a water demand the extent to which human activities approach a circular system is identified. The project follows the following main steps:
1. Exploration of existing water use evaluation methodologies through an extensive literature review. This yields the appropriate measuring methods to evaluate the performance of future designs.
2. Development of a deterministic software model through which different input/outputs can be evaluated.
3. Exploration and matching of available environmental and industrial data.
4. Identification of suitable technologies to match industrial water demand with environmental water supply. Identification of suitable technologies to match industrial wastewater production with environmental water demand.
5. Development of a decision support tool incorporating GIS for development of Integral Blueprints for sustainable industrial water use.