The water sector is missing an intuitive tool that tells the story of urban water flows to a broad audience. Let’s create a set of diagrams – water stories – together that will enable a more sustainable urban water management, advocate for the human right to water and sanitation and foster the collaboration between the integrated water resources management and water, sanitation and hygiene  (WASH) communities.

This tool will link natural and human systems as well as supply and demand, and point out equity and ecological issues. It aims to become the standard instrument for understanding urban water flows. In our interactive session, we will introduce our idea with three diverse case studies.

In extensive breakout discussions, we seek your creativity and ideas to further develop the tool and to learn more about the needs of potential users. Graphic recorders will capture the findings of every breakout room and a poll will give us insights on how to continue with the initiative. Human rights defenders, members of parliaments, practitioners, civil servants, urban planners, community leaders, researchers and members of intergovernmental organizations are invited to put their heads together and co-create a tangible tool to tell the story of urban water flows.


  • Welcome and introduction

Moderated by: Irene Laochaisri, InsightPact

  • Jorge Alvarez-Sala, UNICEF New York: “Preventing Day Zero
  • Case Study Presentations:
    1. Vishal Mehta, SEI: Case study Bangalore, India
    2. Carolina Natel de Moura, HEKS Brazil: Case studies Juiz de Fora and Rio Pardo, Brazil
    3. Lukas Bouman, Eawag: Case study Berne, Switzerland
  • Breakout Sessions

Join one of eight thematic breakout rooms and co-develop the water stories. Help us figure out key questions such as design, accessibility and key messages for different target audiences such as policymakers, human rights advocates and planners. Graphic recorders of Pushpin Visuals will take visual notes of the discussions.

  • Visual feedback coffee

Join two of the other groups to learn and feedback on their outcomes.

  • Next steps/Closing


  • SEI
  • Eawag
  • Swiss Water Partnership


The session is open to all registered participants of World Water Week 2021. Register below to attend.

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