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Water-Wise Cities through Integrated Planning and Design

For the first time in history, over half of the world’s population is living in cities. By 2050, roughly 6.4 billion people will live in a city. These people will be living in an increasingly water scarce world at a time when demand for water is projected to increase by 55 per cent by 2050. Rapid population growth, industrialisation, climate change, water pollution, and maintaining, renewing and expanding urban water infrastructure are just some of the unprecedented challenges facing urban water management and systems.

Cities are the future for humanity, but the failure to manage higher population density or climate change can result in a threat to resources – water, energy, food – and have a profound impact on human health and well-being, the environment and the economy.

Water sensitive cities are great places to live, where innovation, social cohesion, creativity and culture flourish. To create sustainable water in cities, all stakeholders need to act to avoid the looming water crisis. We need to share experience and knowledge, and track progress. The Cities of the Future agenda harnesses the power of the IWA network to co-create solutions and join efforts to manage a city’s many waters in a sustainable and resilient manner, an approach endorsed by the IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities.

Corinne Trommsdorff
Programme Manager, Cities of the Future

Projects

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December 20, 2018
Thanks to our bloggers and readers, the IWA blog has become a reference for those with a thirst for communicating and learning about water, and for those wantin...
November 28, 2018
Go to any major water conference and you will hear the word ‘collaboration’ in almost every presentation. Water professionals recognise that working with ot...
October 19, 2018
As one of the Young Water Professional (YWP) rapporteurs at the 2018 IWA World Water Congress in Tokyo, Japan, I am happy to report that “co-creation&#822...
August 7, 2018
The Internet of Things (IoT) technologies like data analytics, cloud computing, augmented intelligence and blockchain give us new capabilities to analyse, autom...

News / Events

December 7, 2018
IWA connects professionals across sectors to deliver water-wise climate solutions   Improved resilience to climate change Achieving the SDGs is intrinsically l...
November 22, 2018
Strasbourg and SDEA join the water-wise movement The French city of Strasbourg and the regional provider of drinking water and sanitation services, the Syndicat...
October 26, 2018
Mr. Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, Minister for Environment and Food of Denmark, at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 in Tokyo bridging this year’s c...
September 20, 2018
The signing takes place at the Closing of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, on 20 September 2018. 20 September 2018, Tokyo, Japan. The IWA Principl...
September 19, 2018
LAUNCH Thursday 20 September 2018, 09:45 – 10:30, IWA Pavilion • The roadmap is the first guide of its kind to demonstrate a practical approach towards low-...
September 18, 2018
Increasing numbers of cities worldwide risk reaching Day Zero, with taps running dry, and exacerbating the effects of climate change, unless they start actively...
September 17, 2018
Edamame, rice and growing meat and dairy sector most at risk Tokyo, 17 September 2018: Research into how increasing water scarcity and drought may impact the Ja...
June 26, 2018
 You can join Abby Crisostomo at the Emerging Water Leaders Forum to discuss solutions to some of the big questions posed by the Keynotes of this Congress fo...
June 12, 2018
IWA member Prof. Satoshi Takizawa from Tokyo University talks about key points of the water sector in Japan. Join him at the #WorldWaterCongress in Tokyo, 16-21...
May 31, 2018
The Forum focuses on the resilience of water supply, drainage and wastewater systems in cities. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the Japanese experienc...
April 26, 2018
Jurg Keller, head of the Programme Committee team for the IWA #WorldWaterCongress, highlights the main themes that will be the focus of the sessions and discuss...
April 24, 2018
The digital economy, megacities, diffusion of innovation, disaster resilience and sustainability are the key focus of this years’ IWA World Water Congress...
April 20, 2018
Since the launch of the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities at the 2016 World Water Congress and Exhibition in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, cities all over...
March 9, 2018
The world is going through major transitions affecting the way in which we manage water, particularly in cities. IWA has a global outreach and in the IWA Congre...
February 26, 2018
New report highlights the wastewater reuse opportunity in eight cities across the globe A new report, The Reuse Opportunity: Cities seizing the reuse opportunit...
November 27, 2017
“The water problems must be solved with the participation of all stakeholders” says Jaime Baptista from Portugal. Different formulas to achieve the ...