Sustainable Water Supply

Providing clean water and sanitation is a challenge for sustainable development in Sweden and the world. And the risks are considerable if they are not provided. Ecosystems such as forests, lakes and watercourses are negatively impacted. Sustainable cities cannot be built without access to good quality water and efficient wastewater treatment systems. A lack of clean water often has serious consequences for people’s livelihoods which, over time, can lead to conflicts of interest and consequences in the area of security policy.

The purpose of the project Sustainable Water Supply – Access to clean water in a changing climate is to explore the various problems around fresh water. To this end, IVA has gathered actors from industry, academia, the public sector and the political sphere. Many of the future challenges around clean water can only be dealt with through dialogue and cooperation among actors from all sectors of society.

The project’s point of departure is the framework around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation. These goals are an area of focus for the Government’s Agenda 2030.

Sustainable Water Supply – Access to clean water in a changing climate will help create a platform for all important actors within the water sector at the intersection of R&D and public administration. The goal is to stimulate the development of common methods, processes and tools.

The project is focusing on three themes:

  • Water as a shared resource – cycles and administration
  • Climate change – consequences of large variations in precipitation
  • Water in urban environments – How can we safeguard the water supply in our growing cities and communities?

The project began in autumn 2019 and will end in 2021. The Chairman of the Steering Committee is Tord Svedberg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

Project goals

IVA wants to help create a platform for all important actors in the water sector at the intersection of R&D, public administration and enterprise to identify interesting and relevant technical as well as natural and ecosystem-based solutions for the Swedish market and for export.

The project will also identify areas that lack or are in need of increased research resources or a new research structure.

You can find information on this project in Swedish here. Most of the reports and materials published by the project are not translated into English, but you can find materials that are available in English below.