The Future of Urban Water

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'The Future of Urban Water: Scenarios for Water Utilities in 2040' depicts four plausible scenarios for the future of urban water utilities in 2040. Using Sydney as a reference city, the report explores how a wide range of social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends could shape our urban water future.

In times of increasing uncertainty – and with a future likely to be utterly different from the world we are experiencing today – scenarios help us better understand possible pathways into the future and enable conversations about how we can influence and shape the direction we are travelling in.

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  • How can we meet the water needs of a rapidly growing urban population?
  • Can we provide equitable water services in a world increasingly faced with water scarcity and environmental degradation?
  • How can we achieve this without further compromising the planet’s ecosystem?

'The Future of Urban Water: Scenarios for Water Utilities in 2040' is the result of a jointly funded collaboration between Arup and Sydney Water. The programme explored trends and future scenarios for the future of urban water utilities in 2040. It was delivered and managed by Arup, in close collaboration with experts from Sydney Water.

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