Circular Water Economy in Urban Context

Circular Economy principles have emerged as a response to the current unsustainable linear model of “take, make, consume, and waste.” Circular economy principles offer an opportunity to recognize and capture the full value of water (as a service, an input to processes, a source of energy and a carrier of nutrients and other materials).

Around the world, there is a transition towards the ‘circular economy’ that focuses on the 3Rs of reducing material consumption, reusing materials, and recovering materials from waste. In the context of water resources management, cities and their respective water utilities are beginning to promote the reduction of water consumption, reuse of water, and recovery of materials from wastewater.

Rethinking urban water through the circular economy and resilience lenses offers an opportunity to tackle all these challenges by providing a systemic and transformative approach. Experts will share strategies for policymakers to improve delivery of water supply and sanitation services in a more sustainable, inclusive, efficient, and resilient way. Moreover, recommendations will be given in terms of how governments should use advanced technologies for supplying agriculture and industrial activities with recycled water and limit the impact and use of fertilizers.