David Meyer (né Taylor)


My research focuses on urban water distribution infrastructure, and specifically how this infrastructure behaves in Mega Cities in the Global South. Projects include new ways of understanding, sensing, managing, and modelling water networks, especially networks that turn on and off frequently. Such intermittent water systems affect one billion people!

Additional projects invent new mechanisms and new sensors that change the efficacy of water and sanitation globally.

Professor David Taylor completed his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T., is an alumnus of Engineering Science (Energy Option) at U of T. Additionally, David has worked for Engineers Without Borders in Ghana and for HydraTek in Toronto.

Research Interests

Water Distribution Networks

Intermittent Water Networks

Global Engineering

Water and Sanitation in Emerging Markets

Infrastructure and Asset Management

Product Design


  • D. Taylor, A. Slocum, and A. Whittle, “Demand satisfaction as a framework for understanding intermittent water supply systems,” Water Resources Research, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR024124
  • D. Taylor, R. Khush, R. Peletz, and E. Kumpel, “Efficacy of microbial sampling recommendations and practices in sub-Saharan Africa,” Water Research, vol. 134, pp. 115-125, May 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.01.054
  • D. Taylor, A. Slocum, and A. Whittle, “Analytical scaling relations to evaluate leakage and intrusion in intermittent water supply systems,”PLOS ONE, vol. 13, no. 5, May 2018. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196887


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CIV201HFall 2020Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
CIV340HWinter 2021Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Fall 2020Wednesday14:0016:00LEC 9101 SYNC

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David Taylor
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
55 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


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