“Water is at the core of sustainable development”. Sustainable Development Goal 6 is about clean water and sanitation for all. The target 6.1 states, “achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all”. Unpredictable weather patterns caused by climate change act as a threat to water security. Cities have become more susceptible to water scarcity than ever before. In recent years, the water crisis is seen in some cities, as what’s known by “Day Zero”.
A paradigm shift in urban water management and planning is needed for cities to become water secure. Better water resource management is required that treat the urban water cycle as one system and understand the relationship between various components. CWAS’s Water security toolkit has been developed for local governments, NGOs and civil society groups championing the cause of urban water security.
Focusing on water supply service delivery along with managing the water resources is very crucial. Access to clean and safe water can unlock economic prosperity, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, and improve the health of the people.. CWAS has supported cities for improved water supply service delivery by conducting various studies and preparing service level improvement plans.
Water governance will play a pivotal role in ensuring equity and efficiency in water resource and water service delivery. CWAS is working in collaboration with partners through a ‘water governance hub’ to provide technical support to local governments and other stakeholders to improve water governance.