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40 Examples of Water Infrastructure

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Water infrastructure is a broad term for systems of water supply, treatment, storage, water resource management, flood prevention and hydropower. The term also includes water based transportation systems such as canals. The following are common types of water infrastructure.
Aqueducts
Canals
Cisterns
Coastal erosion control structures
Dams
Desalination plants
Fire hydrants
Flood barriers
Flood gates
Flood monitoring and warning systems
Flood walls
Floodgates
Hydroelectric power plants
Irrigation systems
Levees
Pipelines
Pump stations
Rain gardens
Rainwater harvesting infrastructure
Reservoirs
Retention ponds
River embankments
Seawalls
Sewer lines
Spillways
Storm drains
Tide gates
Wastewater plants
Water filters
Water intakes
Water mains – primary underground water pipes
Water metering infrastructure
Water outlets
Water pipes
Water pumps
Water tanks
Water testing facilities
Water towers
Water treatment plants
Wells
Aqueducts and cisterns are ancient types of water infrastructure that transport and store water.
Blue space such as canals or a city pond could be viewed as social infrastructure as a type of transportation and public space.
Coastal infrastructure is another type of water related infrastructure that includes ports, harbors, marinas, jetties, docks, boat launches, breakwaters, sea walls, tsunami walls and other facilities for transportation, coastal preservation and disaster prevention.

Summary

Water infrastructure includes systems and facilities for capturing, treating and distributing water for drinking, irrigation, industrial processes and natural ecosystems. It also includes wastewater treatment and disaster resilience infrastructure related to floods, droughts, shortages, tsunami and other disasters. Water infrastructure may also address problems such as coastal erosion or desertification.

Water Infrastructure

This is the complete list of articles we have written about water infrastructure.
Aqueduct
Blue Space
Cisterns
Deep Water Cooling
Rain Gardens
Rainwater Harvesting
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