The Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water?


By 2030, Africa’s urban population will double, and the difficulties African cities currently face in providing sustainable water services will be exacerbated. The Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water? argues that the traditional approach of one source, one system, and one discharge cannot close the water gap. A more integrated, sustainable, and flexible approach, which takes into account new concepts such as water fit to a purpose, is needed in African cities.This study provides examples of cities in Africa and beyond that have already implemented Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approaches both in terms of technical and institutional solutions.

Full report (PDF)
Overview report: English (PDF) | French (PDF)
Chapter 1: Africa's Emerging Water Challenges (PDF)
Chapter 2: An Integrated Perspective for Urban  Water Management (PDF)
Chapter 3: Assessing Water Management Challenges and Capacities in African Cities (PDF)
Chapter 4: In-Depth Analysis of Water Management Challenges in Selected Cities (PDF)
Chapter 5: Making IUWM Work in African Cities (PDF)
Appendix (PDF)

Additional Resources:
31 African Cities Diagnostic Database

Interactive Maps: Past and Future Urban Extent in 31 African Cities

Integrated Urban Water Management

Companion Volume: Diagnostics of Urban Water Management in 31 Cities in Africa

Background Report: Integrated Urban Water Management for Africa

Background Report: Integrating Urban Planning and Water Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Background Report: Urban Access to Water Supply and Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release: African Cities Can Become More Sustainable, Resilient by Managing Water Better, Says World Bank

Blog: In Windhoek, Integrated Urban Water Management is Key to Closing the Water Loop

Feature Story: Using Integrated Urban Water Management to Promote Sustainable, Resilient Cities in Africa