Better Water, Better Cities

    Today, more than half the world’s population live in towns and cities. Demographic growth and migration may only exacerbate this trend and by 2050, 70% of the population could be living in urban areas. If we do not take the right measures, rapid urbanization will outpace formal planning. Cities and urban dwellers will be over-exposed to weather-related hazards and will be left with inadequate water and sanitation services. The consequences will be devastating for public health, economic productivity and the surrounding ecosystems.

    Water-sensitive cities are sustainable, resilient and productive. They actively plan out weather-related risks, treat and recycle water effectively and have a limited negative impact on the environment. At the same time, reliable water supplies and sanitation boost urban economies and stimulate development. 

    The World Water Council’s Start With Water publication, a guide to help local and regional authorities implement international agendas through water-based solutions, is already available in English and Portuguese. On 31 October, to celebrate World Cities Day, the Council is releasing the Spanish and French versions.

    Read more and download the guide here and spread the word that cities should Start With Water.