The IWA’s Principles for Water Wise Cities – on the journey to water wise cities
Jun29

The IWA’s Principles for Water Wise Cities – on the journey to water wise cities

Water; it sustains us and the planet, and it is increasingly becoming a central focus for planning across disciplines and in the face of climate change. Many organizations are now using water as their central focus for planning and adapting to climate change, and this is the backbone of the International Water Association’s (IWA) Cities of the Future Programme (CoF). The Cities of the Future agenda harnesses the power of the IWA...

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LA cutting the costs of importing water
Jun28

LA cutting the costs of importing water

In the United States around 40 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity is used per year in the delivery and treatment of drinking water. Of that pumping comprises 90% of the total consumption. What this figure does not include is the cost of ‘importing’ water: in California around 9 TWh of electricity is used alone for long-distance conveyance. With climate change droughts and extreme weather events projected to lower water availability...

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Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop
Jun22

Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to reach 9 billion while per capita income is expected to almost triple. This will likely lead to a substantial increase in demand for food as well as natural resources especially if global production and consumption choices of emerging economies converge with those of OECD countries. With water for food production already accounting for around 70% of water withdrawals and water demand...

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Easing the cost of adaptation to water insecurity
Jun17

Easing the cost of adaptation to water insecurity

Cities over the past century have become the driving force of the global economy. Accounting for over half the world’s population and generating around 80% of global GDP cities provide numerous opportunities for development and growth. Risks and challenges of cities Cities however bring about risks and challenges to people and the environment. Around 30% of all water is consumed by cities with a large share of it returned back to the...

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Cities becoming resilient while enhancing nature
Jun09

Cities becoming resilient while enhancing nature

In the 21st century cities around the world will face increasing pressure on resources and infrastructure from rising populations, urban sprawl and climate change. To ensure cities continue to be the center of global economic activity and happiness cities need to become resilient to all types of shocks both natural and man-made Click & Tweet! , where resilience is defined as the capacity of cities to function, so that the people...

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