Friday, April 8, 2022

Changing our cities for the better starts with changing the way we design them.

What if we told you that one of the most important solutions to fight climate change lies in reviving our water networks. Currently, we’re losing 30% of our clean drinking water because of leaking pipes and an outdated system. Extreme weather events and rising population numbers will put increasing pressure on our drainage networks and compromise the city’s most vital resource: water. We need to start realising that all problems are interconnected, but they can be resolved if we make every decision count.

Making long lasting decisions

The main problem is that many below-ground projects and initiatives are developed as stand-alone projects, instead of being approached as one dynamic water network of interacting elements. Because the systems don’t communicate well with each other, the network is vulnerable and lots of water is lost. To keep up with the current pace at which climate change is affecting the world around us, the vulnerable links of our water infrastructure have to be removed. There’s no more ignoring it; we need to make the right decisions that are both sustainable and effective.

Finding our future starts with finding each other

Here’s the good news: being interconnected means being able to tap into the possibilities of each other’s projects, opening up more opportunities without having to invest in them all by yourself. It’s a progressive way forward that enables us to build intuitively using each other's strengths to even greater effect. We can store and clean rainwater, and reuse it for our cities by implementing circular water management. If we ‘close the waterloop’, we can take the next step into making our cities future proof.

Wavin calls for collaboration

Wavin calls out to city leaders and planners to make every (water) decision count. Let us help you find the best solutions. Have a look to see how we are solving the challenges cities face in stormwater management.