An expert from the University of Exeter has been awarded a £1.5 million grant for research aimed at developing a new approach to water management in UK cities.
Professor David Butler, co-director of the Centre for Water Systems, has been awarded the five-year fellowship grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
"The water sector in the UK has, by many measures, been very successful up to now," said Professor Butler, who has 30 years' experience in the water industry.
"However the sector is increasingly under threat as a result of climate change, increasing population, urbanisation, demographic shifts and tighter regulation.
"The fellowship is about understanding the key characteristics of sustainable and resilient water systems and then applying that understanding to develop and test new and improved ways to tackle problems associated with water scarcity, urban flooding and river pollution," he said.
"The work will be carried out in conjunction with industry partners such as Severn Trent Water and government bodies such as the Environment Agency."