Dealing with water and sewerage may not be sexy, but the past few decades have seen considerable evolution with regard to hydraulic engineering in buildings and building services as challenges have opened up in areas such as environmentally sustainable engineering, black water mining, grey water recycling, and blue roof storage attenuation.

With this in mind, it is timely to pause and consider some of the ways in which the sector might change going forward and where some of the opportunities may lie. First,  building codes and standards are likely to have to change in order to adapt to advances in technology…