Sunday, 04 December 2022
Central Europe Programme

Urban Water Footprint: a new approach for water management in urban areas

Urban Water Footprint Lab Wroclaw

City Wroclaw Author (not available)
The city
Wroclaw, the capital of the Lower Silesia Region, is the city located in direct proximity to the Czech Republic's and Germany's border, at the foot of the Sudety Mountains. Five rivers flow across the city i.e. Odra and its four tributaries which supply the river: Bystrzyca, Ślęża, Oława and Widawa. It is the city with a 1000 years old history. Numerous islands and over 100 bridges that join them is the reason why so many people call Wroclaw „Venice of the East”. Wroclaw is also regarded as the green city. It is by far "the greenest" Polish city with parks and green places. Overall, there are 26 major parks, 10 forests and 3 large gardens in Wroclaw. Ranked the fourth biggest city of Poland, Wroclaw boasts around 650 000 residents living on the area of 293 square kilometres.
Today Wroclaw is considered one of the most dynamically developing cities in Central Europe. As the third largest educational centre of Poland, with 150 000 students in 30 institutions of higher education, along with numerous research and development centres it is one of the most influential centers of education in of international significance. The contemporary Wroclaw is also an important political, economic and cultural centre. For these reasons Wroclaw presents itself as a “meeting place” i.e. where innovation happens and people respect and strengthen each other.

The Lab
The assessment of the urban water footprint Wroclaw even if did not reveal any significant problems concerning the direct water footprint, however obtaining the results for other cities will allow for comparison and better characterization of the water situation.
The initial calculations reveal that the consumption of the virtual water is seven times greater than of the real water, however further studies will concentrate on the real water usage as it is more realistic to reduce. Wroclaw Urban Water Footprint lab is aiming at determining the usage of real water with regards to different types of city areas and buildings in order to recognize some trends, and promote the most efficient.
The Wroclaw lab consists of workshops and discussions involving the ‘Waterworks companies’ representatives from the Polish provincial cities and the Lower Silesia region.
The lab is addressed to the decision-makers, such as water and sewage companies as well as politicians and planners, which have an influence on the investments and policies associated with water consumption, usage and treatment. It is important to raise their awareness about the global water scarcity and motivate them to choose environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. Their decisions have an impact on behaviors and choices of large number of people.

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