Urban Water

This page has little content at present. Urban water management (including water supply, sewage, waste water management, stormwater management, water quality questions and other issues) is however a major global challenge with ever increasing proportions of the world's population migrating to live in cities, particularly in the developing world. Water and urban human habitat issues are closely related. This section of The Water Page will be further developed in the future. In the interim, here are some links to urban water related sites.

Note that the descriptions below each link are from the website and are not our assessments of the websites.

The Water Utility Partnership for Capacity Building in Africa (WUP)

The Water Utility Partnership for Capacity Building in Africa (WUP) is a joint Programme initiated by the Union of African Water Suppliers (UAWS) - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and the Regional Centre for Low Cost Water and Sanitation (CREPA) &endash; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and the Centre for Training, Research and Networking for Development (TREND) - Kumasi, Ghana. Though established in 1995, the programme was launched in 1996 with the support of the World Bank.

Managing Water for African Cities (MAWAC)

MAWAC is a joint initiative of United Nations Environment Programme UNEP and United Nations Centre for Human Settlements UNCHS (Habitat):

  • to build capacity in seven demonstration cities in the water sector

  • to avail information on and best practices in urban water management, and

  • to link sector professionals working in the field of water management with each other and with other networks, institutions, governments, municipalities, NGOs and the private sector.

Water management is the focus of this network and web domain. It aims to help members adopt and adapt water management practices and will enable practitioners, managers and researchers to share data, information and knowledge.

Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University (UK)

The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) is one of the world's leading institutions concerned with education, training, research, and consultancy relating to the planning, provision, and management of infrastructure for development in low- and middle-income countries.

Perhaps more than any other sector, Water Supply and Sanitation hits on all the main themes of the development agenda: poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, private sector-led growth, participatory development and good governance. Because water is so essential to life, the World Bank Group strives to help its member countries ensure that everyone has access to efficient, responsive and sustainable water and sanitation services.

The Urban Water Systems Group is a group whose focus is directed at the application of water engineering to urban environments. The broad range of issues addressed by the group encompass the engineering, environmental and planning spheres. The Group's resources include a hydraulics laboratory which is suitable for physical model studies of hydraulic structures, an excellent Environmental Engineering laboratory and state of the art computer and teaching facilities. The Group has an ongoing program of workshops and continuing education courses and undertakes contract research and product development through the PIC Research & Development Section

City of Cape Town Water Leaks Repair Project (PDF)

"How to spend $3m to save $1m annually"

A Clean Technology Approach to Urban Water Resources Management

The University of Surrey and HR Wallingford have teamed up to investigate the potential of creating a decision support system for urban water resource managers within the context of Clean Technology. The goals of the project are to examine and develop methodologies used for the planning and management of water resources in large cities (especially Megacities in developing countries). The aim is for these methodologies to incorporate environmental, social and economic factors, and frame them in a computerised system using advanced techniques to provide decision support. The project is part of the 'EngD in Environmental Technology' scheme run jointly between the University of Surrey and Brunel University