Adopt IUWM

The project Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (AdoptIUWM, 2013-2017) supported four cities in Rajasthan and Maharashtra, India, in adopting integrated urban water management (IUWM) solutions. The project was financed by the European Commission through EuropeAid.

The partners ICLEI South Asia, ICLEI Europe and VVSG provided continued guidance and developed a Toolkit to build the capacity of the cities of Jaisalmer and Kishangarh as well as Solapur and Ichalkaranji to undertake water sector reforms. The cities received training in developing an action plan to include the principles and practices of IUWM in their planning and management processes. All four cities implemented two pilot projects to understand how this approach works on the ground and to showcase the benefits of it to their citizens. 

This website addresses water managers, urban planners and engineers from local governments and water, waste water and drainage utilities. It contains material to guide these experts in adopting an IUWM approach in their cities.

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What is integrated urban water management?

Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) is an approach that builds on planning, managing and maintaining the water sector in cities by considering the entire urban water loop. It also includes using water differently, reusing water more extensively and applying nature-based systems to treat water and wastewater. IUWM is an alternative to the conventional way of managing the urban water sector with many benefits for other urban management sectors such as land use, energy, health and food production.

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Jaisalmer

in the desert in Western Rajasthan faces climatic extremes: high summer temperatures and dust storms shape the life of the 65,000 inhabitants. Despite very little rain the city is often water logged during monsoon. The AdoptIUWM pilot projects have helped to revive the traditionally interlinked water harvesting and drainage system. Read more…

Kishangarh

is the ‘marble city’ of Rajasthan with 155,000 inhabitants. The AdoptIUWM pilot projects have reduced the high water pollution and improved the  water recharge potential. Read more…

Solapur

is another major textile manufacturing hub in Maharasthra, making it with more than one million inhabitants one of the major water consumers in the region. The AdoptIUWM pilot projects have supported reducing high non-revenue water losses and water pollution. Read more…

Ichalkaranji

is known for its textile industries with several hand and power looms, bleaching and dyeing companies strewn across the 290,000 strong Maharati city. The AdoptIUWM pilot projects have helped to improve the water quality of the nallahs in many ways. Read more…

What does AdoptIUWM offer Indian cities?

The AdoptIUWM project has developed a step-by-step Toolkit to guide Indian cities towards making IUWM part of their urban planning and management process. The Toolkit explains how local governments can assess the existing level of integration of their water sector, develop a water vision and formulate targets. Cities can also learn how to come up with an action plan together with the community and prioritise activities for implementation. Take a look at the toolkit and download it here!

ICLEI South Asia, ICLEI Europe and VVSG have also developed a webtool to go with the toolkit. Local governments can insert their data in this online version, save and easily access it again throughout the consultation with all relevant stakeholders in the city. This safe and password protected webtool can be accessed here soon. 

ICLEI South Asia coordinated AdoptIUWM from its main office in Delhi, India. ICLEI SAS supports cities in the region in working towards sustainable urban development, mainly in the fields of water, renewable energy, climate change adaptation and transportation. With more than 60 city members, ICLEI SAS has developed a strong network with national and state level governments and has their full involvement and commitment to support local governments throughout South Asia.

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ICLEI Europe, located in Freiburg, Germany, represents local governments in all relevant policy processes for sustainability in Europe, covering fields such as water, climate change adaptation, renewable energy, mobility, procurement, governance and social innovation. With more than 260 city members, ICLEI ES works together with other European networks, the European Commission, and many other organisations involved in formulating EU policies and strategies.

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The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG), located in Belgium, Brussels, represents the local governments of Flanders and supports them in adopting and voicing their needs in the national policy arena, covering topics such as water, renewable energy, procurement, economic development and social works.

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