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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

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Sydney Symposium Communiqué

Towards a common ´urban water framework´ The Sydney Symposium brought together urban planning professionals to debate...

Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorro...

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June 3, 2017
“…even if all the other building blocks of effective conservation are in place, we will not succeed unless the general public cares, and they are unlikely t...
May 17, 2017
The current drought ravaging parts of Eastern Africa and the subsequent famine triggered largely by failed rains is enough proof that water indeed is life. The ...
May 10, 2017
Public participation, as customer engagement, user involvement, accountability or transparency, is a concept increasingly discussed among water professionals. I...
April 17, 2017
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June 19, 2017
Les Principes de l’IWA pour les Villes « Eau-Responsables » from IWA on Vimeo. Destinés Aux Acteurs Urbains Pour Une Vision Partagée Soutena...
June 19, 2017
Collaboration across urban sectors at Embrace the Water 2017 from IWA on Vimeo.   Embrace the Water 2017 convenes experts in urban planning and design, lan...
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June 19, 2017
Embrace the Water – Gothenburg 2017 from IWA on Vimeo. Water professionals and urban planners need more than ever to share their knowledge to create susta...
Urbanisation
June 19, 2017
Implementing adaptive & flexible Infrastructure that meets community needs from IWA on Vimeo. Steve Moddemeyeer at Embrace the Water 2017 – a Cities o...