Arup to set-up framework for cities to deal with stress to water systems

Arup, an independent multinational professional services firm, has partnered with US-based The Rockefeller Foundation to help cities better deal with shocks and stresses on water systems due to climate changes and urbanisation.

The first phase of the project, expected to operate until January 2019, includes the development of the City Water Resilience Framework (CWRF), which will guide cities to understand and measure the resilience of their water systems.

The project identifies the complexities of the urban water systems and elements of the water cycle.

Arup together with The Rockefeller Foundation has developed City Resilience Index (CRI), which will help the cities understand and measure their capacity to endure, adapt and transform.

Aligned with CRI, the project builds a framework that helps in understanding the resilience of urban system for planning, development and investment decisions.

Arup global water leader Dr Mark Fletcher said: “Water systems are the lifeblood of a city and are increasingly coming under strain. The question we’re tackling is how we can understand the resilience of urban water systems to increasing shocks and stresses.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst CWRF steering group chair Dr Fred Boltz said: “This work will plug a gap in our understanding of the complexities of urban water systems. It will develop new knowledge and practical tools to enable cities to assess and plan for resilience.

Our aim is not only to help cities identify key vulnerabilities, but also to improve their decision-making so they can prepare for a changing future.”