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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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Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Since the recognition, in 2010, of access to safe drinking water and sanitation as Human Rights by the Member States of ...

Public Participation in the Regulation of Urban Wa...

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New Urban Agenda

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Water-Wise Cities

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Water Policy and Regulation

Available and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all relies upon the collective action of interdependent...

Water Innovation through Dissemination Exploitatio...

Wise Water Cities rely on innovative strategies and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) solutions. The visi...

Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigat...

Carbon and greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change. Changes in our climate are changes in water, as these gr...

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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...

Enabling communities to Achieve a Sustainable, Low-carbon Water Future Without Compromising Service Quality The central...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

April 9, 2018
Ambiguity and paradox management are as much daily concerns for water utility leaders as integrated water resources management. Opening a drinking water tap is ...
March 21, 2018
In 2016, ten cities endorsed the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities at the IWA World Water Congress in Brisbane, Australia. This official signing signaled the...
January 12, 2018
Here are the top 5 most read blogs of 2017. If you want to submit a blog for consideration in 2018, contact us. 1. Desalination – Past, Present and Future...
October 31, 2017
As the impacts of climate change and urbanization rapidly increase, there is no doubt that the water and wastewater utility of the future will need to be a low ...

News / Events

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 ...
October 13, 2017
Preparations for the technical programme for the IWA World Water Congress in Tokyo 2018 are now underway. More than 1500 authors submitted their work to the con...
October 3, 2017
Water is a key element for citizens and for the overall liveability of a city. The Lyon Metropolis benefits from abundant resources from the Rhône River and th...
September 1, 2017
IWA and C40 are joining efforts to connect water professionals and city officials to support, promote and enable progressive water-related solutions that contri...
August 11, 2017
The International Water Association’s prestigious Best Practices on Resource Recovery from Water Award, 2017, has been won by technology provider POSCO Engine...
July 24, 2017
Contribute to a better water future with your work The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 Programme Committee  is looking for contributions under...
06 Sep - 07 Sep 2017 South Korea/Busan
6 Sep 2017 12:00:00 7 Sep 2017 18:00:00 Europe/London 5th Busan Global Water Forum IWA Event Busan - South Korea International Water Association contact@iwa.net
June 27, 2017
Los principios de la IWA para las ciudades “water-wise” destacan el desarrollo y diseño resiliente de las ciudades, y su objetivo fundamental es alentar la...
Society
June 27, 2017
What skillset for water-wise cities? from IWA on Vimeo. Director of ForEvaSolutions and a pioneer for integrated urban water management, Carol Howe argues that ...
Society
June 27, 2017
The power of images to engage people with pro-environmental communication from IWA on Vimeo. Psychologist Tracy Schultz unravels the factors that increase the p...
Urbanisation
June 27, 2017
Urban landscapes valuing water from IWA on Vimeo. Kelly Shannon gives a brief summary of keynote presentation about water management case studies in Belgium, Me...
June 27, 2017
Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Mayor of Gothenburg from IWA on Vimeo. Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Mayor of Gothenburg, on how the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities will hel...
June 26, 2017
#embracethewater key thought: The importance of sitting back to progress faster @markfletcharup @ArupGroup – #waterwise #developmentcongress