Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Engineering (Research)


Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Mr. Leonard O'Driscoll


The project proposes to devise a common methodology to assess the sustainability of different stages of the water cycle in an urban environment in an Irish context. With the reduction in infrastructure investment by the governing bodies, the concept of sustainable development is becoming more important.

The project involves using the principals and procedures of a system analysis along with sustainable key performance indicators to assess the sustainability of water cycle system, which includes water treatment, the water distribution system, wastewater treatment and flood risk management.

A sustainability assessment of the combined stages of an urban water cycle will provide more cost effective and efficient solutions as a combined approach will identify features of one stage which may have an impact on another stage of the water cycle. These impacts are not realised when the stages of the cycle are assessed individually.

It is intended to conduct a case study to test and verify the sustainability assessment methodology. The data and results of the assessment on the case study will be displayed using a geographic information system.

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