Urban Water Blueprint
The Urban Water Blueprint project has been developed by The Nature Conservancy, the C40 Cities Climate Change Group and the International Water Association. It aims to promote the use of natural solutions, such as reforestation, improved farming practices and river bank restoration to improve water quality and reduce drinking water treatment costs. The project analyses the state of water in more than 2,000 river catchments and 530 cities worldwide to provide science-based recommendations for natural solutions that can be integrated alongside traditional infrastructure to improve water quality.
Two key deliverables of the project are an interactive web map, which displays water quality facts and figures (e.g. extent of sedimentation or nutrient issues) for a number of world cities, and a published report. The report investigates how investment in nature-based solutions can solve water quality issues, with a particular focus on source watershed conservation.
Urban Water Blueprint website – http://water.nature.org/waterblueprint/#/intro=true