For the first time a WHO report states that the majority of the global population lives in cities with a projected growth of 70 percent by 2050. Many cities nowadays are faced with huge challenges in adaptation to rapid growth and the provision of necessary infrastructure. Smart cities follow the objective to make the city livable, more efficient and achieve sustainable growth but challenges in finance, logistics and policy are tremendous. Within the concept of six sectors, water infrastructure forms one the most important. Management of water losses gains importance with accelerating stress in supplies due to population growth and water scarcity. A smart cities water management and distribution has to be feasible in the long run and should provide the capacity in monitoring essential information for enhanced decision making in order to enable direct respond to critical maintenance requirement. Furthermore systems should provide possibilities in networking with other sectors to examine interdependencies.
In order to jointly gather understanding on current challenges this session aims at collectively exchange knowledge and give insight, discuss practice and methodologies, explore innovative ideas and experiences and address best practice in sustainable and smart water management and distribution systems.