OurWater online collaboration tool to build urban water resilience

OurWater has been developed to address the growing need for tools that can help cities share information between different stakeholders and visualize complex interactions. This goal of understanding the city’s water landscape is one critical element of moving towards the goal of building cities’ capacity to endure, adapt and transform in the face of water challenges.

It may be used independently from the City Water Resilience Approach, but it is also designed to facilitate the first step in the CWRA process. A collaborative effort between Arup and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), funded by the Resilience Shift, the tool represents a new approach to building resilience through the use of digital, crowd-sourced and openly accessible information.

OurWater addresses the need for improved water governance through coordination and knowledge-sharing between actors working in the water system. It will be made available in a beta version in spring 2019.

This document describes the development of the tool, the prototyping with input from cities worldwide, and the next steps including testing and refining prior to formal launch later this year.

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Publication date: 13 March, 2019
Authors: The CWRA project team includes Pilar Avello (SIWI), George Beane (Arup), Kieran Birtill (Arup), James Bristow (Arup), Alexa Bruce (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Louise Ellis (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Sophie Fisher (Arup), Mark Fletcher (Arup), Caroline Karmann (Arup), Richard Gine (SIWI), Alejandro Jiménez (SIWI), James Leten (SIWI), Kathryn Pharr (Venturi Innovation), Oriana Romano (OECD), Iñigo Ruiz-Apilánez (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Panchali Saikia (SIWI), Martin Shouler (Arup) and Paul Simkins (Arup).