|Water and Megacities
A six point integrated water management strategy for Cities
Source: Press Release during the International Symposium on Water & Megacities; Sunday 19 March 2000, 9.00 to 13.00; Rhine Hall, Congress Centre, The Hague, Netherlands.
- Local authorities need to carry out city wide water audits.
- Policies need to be introduced to stop the pollution of water sources and to protect watersheds.
- Local authorities need to use new technologies to minimise the amount of water lost through leakages and illegal connections.
- Socially sensitive pricing policies needs to be introduced which neither protect nor penalise the poor but remove any opportunity for prolifigate use.
- City authorities must involve industrialists and community groups to design innovative ways of recycling wastewater.
- Each city needs to set up an integrated strategy for demand management, including launching city wide campaigns to change people’s attitudes towards freshwater conservation.