With summer in view, many people are wondering whether it will be as hot and dry as last year. And what about those cloudbursts – can our drains cope or will the streets soon be flooded on a regular basis? KWR researcher Stef Koop developed three tools that cities can use to gain insight into their water management performance and governance capacity. On 25 March he will defend his dissertation at the University of Utrecht.
Cities around the world are facing major challenges. Within 40 years two people out of three will be living in an urban environment, altogether some 6.4 billion citizens of the world. To cope with this growth and to prepare for climate change, cities must adapt their water infrastructure, waste water treatment and spatial layout. But how?
Need for practical instruments
Many cities are striving for water-wise management: they are wondering how to use water smartly. But even those cities that are already pursuing an integrated approach to the entire water cycle – and are for instance confronted with cloudbursts or the reuse of water – are encountering practical difficulties. Where to start and what is feasible?
Koop and colleagues from KWR and the University of Utrecht found that cities lack the practical means to achieve their targets. Koop developed a set of measurable indicators that cities can use to assess their water management performance and governance capacity. In this way a city can both identify its own areas of concern and compare itself with and learn from other cities.