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Water sensitive cities index: benchmarking cities against urban water indicators

Water Urban planning Australia

What it does

Benchmarks and facilitates the transition to a water sensitive city

Cities around the world are realising the fundamental importance of managing water resources and water systems services to enhance the liveability, productivity and resilience of cities. These benefits are captured in the concept of the water sensitive city, a term that originated in Australia and has diffused around the world and now defines the highest level of performance and achievement in urban water management.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) has developed a Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) Index that offers users the ability to benchmark cities (at the metropolitan or municipal scale), based on performance against a range of urban water indicators that characterise the water sensitive city.

What is it?

A tool to enable decision makers to lead change

The Index has been developed from of a significant history of multidisciplinary research and two years of testing and validation with industry partners to ensure a useful product that is functional, reliable, and scientifically robust.

The WSC Index is accessed through a web platform with powerful functionality to visualise benchmarking results for a range of audiences, including policy makers, service providers, and community. The web platform includes functionality that allows organisations to set targets, model the impact of potential management responses, track progress over time, and collaborate more effectively with other industry organisations to manage water in ways that helps create more liveable, productive, resilient, and sustainable urban environments.

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