Evaporation. Condensation. Precipitation. Infiltration. Runoff. The water cycle describes how water changes forms and moves above and below the surface of the Earth. While the way water changes states has not changed with time, the Earth about which it moves most certainly has. The impacts of development and urbanization have had great impacts on water. The Urban Water Cycle takes into consideration stormwater moving across hard landscapes where it can't soak into the ground, groundwater being pumped to the surface for use in homes and businesses, and wastewater traveling to water treatment plants.
Learn more about the Urban Water Cycle components in Rochester: