A holistic and integrated approach to urban water management

The challenge
Cities worldwide face pressure from population growth, an ageing and deteriorating water infrastructure and climate change. As the demand for water keeps increasing, a growing number of cities struggle to provide a sustainable and uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water. Moreover, in areas with high population density, a lack of adequate wastewater treatment pose a significant risk to both human health and the environment. Finally, the increased frequency of extreme weather events is forcing cities to become more climate-resilient.

The future
Ensuring long-term water security in cities requires a holistic and integrated approach to urban water management. This includes the availability of high-quality water sources, effective treatment plants for both water and wastewater as well as an efficient distribution network with minimum water loss. Blue-green infrastructure can help cities improve their resilience to climate change and the liveability for its citizens.

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