Integrating Ecosystem Services into Risk Assessments for Drinking Water Protection
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

Water protection is a widely supported goal in society, but competing interests often complicate the implementation of water protection measures. Moreover, the benefits of protection efforts are typically underestimated as risk assessments focus on the provision of drinking water and neglect the additional services provided by a clean drinking water source. We developed a list of water system services (WSS) that allows assessment of all biotic and abiotic services provided by a drinking water source. The WSS were derived from the Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES). The objectives of this paper are to (i) introduce the concept of WSS, (ii) describe a procedure on how to develop a region-specific list of WSS and present a list of WSS specifically tailored to Sweden, (iii) present how to integrate WSS into a risk assessment for drinking water, and (iv) illustrate a practical application on a Swedish case study. The results, presented as an assessment matrix, show the provided services and contrast the hazard sources with their impact on all services. The WSS assessment can be used to communicate and negotiate the extent of water protection measures with relevant stakeholders and illustrate synergies and trade-offs of protective measures beyond drinking water protection.

water system services

source water protection

risk assessment

water protection

ecosystem services

drinking water

water safety plan

Författare

Nadine Gärtner

Geologi

Andreas Lindhe

Geologi

Julia Wahtra

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU)

Tore Söderqvist

Holmboe & Skarp AB

Lars-Ove Lång

Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning (SGU)

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Geologi och geoteknik

Henrik Nordell

Sweden Connectivity AB

Jenny Norrman

Geologi

Lars Rosen

Geologi

Water (Switzerland)

2073-4441 (ISSN)

Vol. 14 8 1180

Riskbaserad prioritering av vattenskydd i hållbart samhällsbyggande (WaterPlan)

Formas (2018-00202), 2018-01-01 -- 2022-09-30.

Ämneskategorier

Vattenteknik

Miljöledning

Oceanografi, hydrologi, vattenresurser

Miljövetenskap

DOI

10.3390/w14081180

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2022-05-05