GOTHENBURG, Sweden - A new strategic partnership has been formed between global engineering and consulting firm Arup and the International Water Association (IWA) to help the transition to water-wise cities.
The partnership aims to empower urban leaders to bring about a paradigm shift in the way water is managed.
Announced at Embrace the Water: a Cities of the Future Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden the Water-Wise Cities Initiative brings urban professionals together with water professionals to ensure water management is fully integrated in city planning and design.
The Water-Wise Cities initiative was launched by the IWA at its World Congress in Australia last year.
Key areas of collaboration between Arup and the IWA include advancing the knowledge available to city leaders and urban professionals to support the transition towards water-wise cities; empowering Young Water Professionals to play a significant role in driving this transition; and influencing agents of change to take action towards designing water-wise cities.
Dozens of cities, urban organisations and individual urban professionals have endorsed the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities, according to the IWA.
Corinne Trommsdorff, IWA Cities of the Future programme manager, said: “This is the first key strategic partnership that supports the IWA Water-Wise Cities Initiative. This partnership will help accelerate the transition to water-wise cities throughout the world. It will enable us to reach and engage more key urban stakeholders towards impact-oriented actions to improve urban water as part of urban development.”
Mark Fletcher, global water leader at Arup, said: “The rapidly growing population in cities is putting increasing pressure on already scarce water resources. As a result we need to think and act wisely to find ways to do more with less, while ensuring that cities are resilient to floods, droughts and the challenges of growing water scarcity.
“Through our partnership with the IWA we can help civic leaders ensure that cities continue to have access to safe water and sanitation, putting water at the forefront of all future design and development.”