With India's urban centers promoting water-intensive developments, the need today is to treat urban water management on a wider canvas in contrast to conventional approaches.
Contextually, Integrated Urban Water management (IUWM) More...
The Integrated Urban Water Management Partnership Programme (IUWM PP) embodies the various components of water management, including the political, environmental, social, economic and technical. It aims at providing all stakeholders with a vision, framework and comprehensive set of practical actions to enable the holistic, sustainable and equitable management of freshwater resources.
While principles on IUWM are widely agreed to and documented, our approach to the issue starts from the understanding of sustainability which relates to the continuity of economic, social, institutional and environmental aspects of human society, as well as the non-human environment. Under this premise, “DRAW–USE–REPLENISH” approach to water and sanitation is conceptualised. This concept allows cities to draw water of any quantum from the source (surface / ground, local / regional) to manage demand, and simultaneously release equal quantum of water back to the source / region for further use.
Considering and understanding that a programme of this nature requires huge inputs – time, money, human resources and willingness, the involvement of like minded partners becomes critical. The programme is also titled on those lines as a PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME, wherein each partner in its own domain can charter the agenda to reach the common goal of creating a living example of sustainably managed city. The partners as we see are three types – knowledge / technology partners (who bring in technology options for sustainable systems management), funding partners (who bring in financial support) and sector partners (who bring in experiences from implementing similar programmes in whole / part).
The two fold strategy of IUWM PP would be to
Develop a Practical Framework for IUWM – At the macro (state) level to facilitate the willing Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to associate / take up the programme and the micro (town) level to facilitate the implementation process in a comprehensive and integrated manner
Demonstrate the IUWM PP in pilot town (s) to strengthen the framework
The entire programme (framework design & pilot town implementation) is planned in 3 stage process and expected to last for 36 months. The anticipated outcomes at the end would be to:
Recognise that drinking water is intricately connected to other infrastructure sectors & urban planning and equitable service delivery is the key principle for service provider
Move from city level to regional level thinking on water resources management
Integrated management of all water related sectors
Allow space for alternate service delivery models to co-exist with existing models
Plan for active community & partner involvement in project related activities