Arup and IWA in bid to spread integration of water management in city planning

Global engineering and consulting firm, Arup, and the International Water Association (IWA) have launched a partnership to “accelerate the transition towards so-called water-wise cities in which integration of water management in city planning and design is widespread.

The partnership said it aims to enable urban leaders to overhaul way water is managed ‘to make cities more sustainable, resilient and liveable.”

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.

IWA Cities of the Future programme manager, Corinne Trommsdorff, said at the launch in Gothenburg, Sweden: “This is the first key strategic partnership that supports the IWA Water-Wise Cities Initiative. IWA is about using the power of the network to inspire and catalyse change. Arup is a champion of water-wise cities, supporting the IWA network instigating champions amongst urban leaders and professionals.”

Global water leader at Arup, Mark Fletcher, said: “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.”

The IWA said “dozens of cities, urban organisations and individual urban professionals have endorsed the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities.