Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"The participation of cities in the UWA2030 will provide the opportunity to collaborate with other European territories in the strategic definition of the future of water cycle management at the urban level. Barcelona views the UWA2030 as a political commitment."

Eloi Badia Casas, Councillor of Presidency Water and Energy

Barcelona at work | Reduction of urban water consumption

The City Council of Barcelona, in accordance with the objectives expressed through the different municipal action programmes and the Citizen Commitment for Sustainability, acts in the field of integrated water management in the city in order to promote active measures of water saving and efficiency that entail a progressive reduction of urban consumption. All these actions can be checked at the Ecology, urban Planning and Mobility section of the Municipality of Barcelona's website and at the Barcelona Sustainability website (find both links at the bottom of this section).
One example is the Alternative Water Resources Master Plan of Barcelona City Council: The plan identifies existing water resources and their potential uses according to their characteristics (chemical and biological), dimensioned potential demand and provides city infrastructure necessary for their use. The plan provides a global map of alternative resources to drinking water in Barcelona and gives visibility to the water supply across the city. In addition, it ensures synergies between different municipal and private operators in the city for improvement in supply. Currently, BCASA (Barcelona Cicle de l'Aigua SA) is in charge of developing the new Alternative Water Resources Master Plan that will strengthen the water resources already exploited and find new water resources in the city in order to increase the city resilience.

Interested in finding out more? You can read more about the project here or here or by contacting the Director of Planning and Innovation, Javier Varela Alegre (e-mail: jvarela@bcn.cat).

Sustainable Urban Drainage System in Barcelona (SUDS)

Barcelona's member of the UWA2030 Core Group

Maria José Chesa Marro (Head of Environmental Service and External Relations)

Maria José Chesa Marro has vaste experience managing projects in the area of sustainable building, urbanism engineering and alternative water resources, being involved in the development and implementation of the Master Technical Plan for Alternative Water Resources of the City of Barcelona. Since January 2014 she is the head of the research, development and innovation department of BCASA.


Quick facts on Barcelona

Location within country

Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast, between the rivers Llobregat and Besòs.

Number of inhabitants

1,608,746 (2016)

Main economic sectors


Source/s of water supply

Surface water from the Ter and Llobregat rivers

Main utilities providing water and waste water services

Drinking water treatment plants: Sant Joan Despí, Abrera and Cardedeu
Waste water treatment plants: El Prat WWTP, Besòs WWTP

More information: www.barcelona.cat

Updated: September 2017