Source:International Telecommunication Union (ITU) (2014)
By promoting the coordinated development and management of urban water, SWM allows cities to strengthen institutional capacities, while striving to improve the sustainability of its natural resource base, particularly with respect to water and the environment. However, careful design and proper coordination among all relevant sectors – from the initial stages of project design, to implementation and assessment – is crucial to realize these opportunities.
This Technical Report aims to provide an overview of the key issues involved in SWM within urban settings, including the key water management problems and opportunities faced by cities. By highlighting the role and potential of ICTs, this Technical Report seeks to position SWM as a crucial area of action to achieve the goals set out by smart sustainable cities, and to respond to ongoing and emerging urban challenges, including those posed by climate change.