Urban Water Security Management Toolkit

December 2017

Assessment and in-depth understanding of current water supply scenario is a key step in planning for a water-secure city. This document provides tools for stakeholders to move towards water secure cities.

Module 1 explains a step by step approach to how the city should undertake assessment and in-depth understanding of the existing water supply scenario. It provides an initial sense of the water supply in the city, help in understanding the context and identifying gaps in key services. The module helps to look at water management from integrated and inclusive perspective and consider interlinkages with other sector of sanitation, stormwater and solid waste management.

Module 2 describes a step-by-step approach with which a city can undertake assessment of its hydrogeological characteristics and water resources. It is an important exercise for an integrated approach providing a contextual understanding of the sources of water and how to incorporate their management in urban planning. It deals with an inventory of natural water resource by assessing rainfall, watersheds, water bodies, Aquifer and groundwater. This information, combined with urban water supply gives us a completer picture of the cycle in the form of a water balance.

Module 3 explains how new opportunities other than the conventional water augmentation approach can be identified and implemented. It promotes different approaches which mainly focus on improving the efficiency of existing water supply systems and exploring alternate urban water sources in the city. It attempts to give an opportunity to the city to focus on its local water resources and culminate its search for endless new sources of water.

Module 4 enables citizen involvement in water resources management. The degree of involvement may range from basic IEC to direct and first-hand involvement in decision making and implementation.