One Water Planning

What Our Clients Say:

The KJ Team's performance on the Santa Cruz Regional Recycled Water Facilities Planning Study (RWFPS) was critical to identifying a phased approach to achieve the City's sustainable water supply initiative… In-person workshops and webinars enabled successful stakeholder collaboration, focused on making region more resilient in the long-term… The KJ staff was highly responsive through the two-year study period, keeping the project on-track and developing a comprehensive RWFPS that satisfied all SWRCB grant requirements.

— Heidi Luckenbach, Deputy Director/Engineering Manager, City of Santa Cruz Water Department


Climate change has caused new uncertainty in the supply of freshwater around the world; years of drought are often followed by seasons of extreme storms and flooding. At the same time, increased demand for industrial and domestic uses has put pressure on traditional water sources.

Today, water planners and policymakers around the world are moving to an integrated water management approach, based on the notion that all water has incredible value: surface water, drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, groundwater, and stormwater. Called the “One Water” movement, this approach takes a holistic view of a community’s multiple water resources, integrating each piece of the urban water cycle into one system.

As an expert in water resource planning and engineering for more than 100 years, Kennedy Jenks is a leader in the One Water movement. The services we provide help our clients and their communities realize the benefits of integrated water systems, such as lower costs, higher resilience to extreme events, and more local sources of water for domestic, recreational, commercial, and environmental uses.

What do “One Water” projects look like?

Projects that align with the One Water movement can look different for each client depending on varying needs, opportunities, and scale (regional, city, or utility level). One Water may build on or integrate projects such as:

  • Water, wastewater, RW, stormwater master plans
  • Urban Water Management Plans (UWMP)
  • Integrated Regional Water Management Plans (IRWMP)
  • Conjunctive use and supply reliability plans
  • Water use efficiency (water conservation) plans and programs
  • Groundwater management and sustainability plans
  • Stormwater management plans / projects
  • Water rate studies and rate structure development and support
  • Climate change, risk and resiliency assessments
  • Funding advisor, pursuits, and administration
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Our breadth of in-house disciplines – from engineering to chemistry to hydrogeology to biology – provides a sound basis for detailed to the most high-level evaluations. We can interface with the community and regulators to ensure buy-in from all stakeholders. Our experts develop cost-effective strategies and solutions designed for each client’s needs and deliver a comprehensive and practical plan that will guide our clients well into the future.



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