Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"Today, cities are assuming responsibility for the life of increasingly more people. Along with the issues related to the adaptation of cities to climate change and consistent energy policy, water is an integral part of a quality and healthy life and it has become a limiting factor in further urban development. Opportunities and risks associated with water have an impact on the future economic development and prosperity of European Cities. In the context of the shift towards a smart city, a city that makes smart use of new technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants, the task of adapting to climate change involves the need of having sustainable policies in renewable energy sources use and reduction of greenhouse emissions as well as advanced water management – all the way from drinking water, waste water to rainfall water and the phenomenon of the river in the city."       

Ivo Nesrovnal, Mayor of the City of Bratislava

Bratislava at work | Mobile system for flood protection

The project was implemented to provide adequate protection from floods of the population, to prevent economic and environmental damages in the City of Bratislava and adjacent municipalities within the Žitný ostrov area, including the prevention of the contamination of drinking water sources and agricultural soil.
The system provides a 1000-year flood protection of the historical centre of the City of Bratislava , and the rest of the vulnerable boroughs are protected against a 100-year flood. The project was implemented in nine activities, including the construction of solid and mobile flood protection lines across the Danube river.

Interested in finding out more? You can read more about the project here or here, or by contacting the responsible Water Utility Company (e-mail: gr[at]svp.sk).

One of the sites fitted with sensors to measure water levels, as described in the text

Bratislava's  member of the UWA2030 Core Group

Ingrid Konrad (Chief City Architect)

As the Chief City Architect, she is an expert guarantor for urban planning and architecture. She is the representative of Bratislava for Urban Water Agenda 2030 working group of core cities and was actively involved in organising the Cities & Water Conference (October 25, 2016) held in Bratislava.


Quick facts on Bratislava

Location within country

Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, is located in the extreme south-west within Danube River basin.

Number of inhabitants

422,932 (2016)

Main economic sectors

- Electricity

- Gas, steam and air conditioning supply

- Manufacture of food products

- Manufacture of rubber and plastic products and other non-metallic mineral products

- Manufacture of electrical equipments.

Source/s of water supply

Groundwater from Quaternary sediments of the Danube River

Main utilities providing water and waste water services

BVS – Bratislava Water Company
WRI – Water Research Institute
SHMI – Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute
SVP - Slovak Water Management Enterprise.

More information: www.bratislava.sk