Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"Water is both a resource and a challenge in the cities. Citizens expect the water to be delivered and handled so that they always have access to clean water. With climate change, new challenges arise. The cities need new solutions that are efficient and cheap. It requires exchange of ideas and cooperation between cities. In Copenhagen we focus on solutions in water management which also add value to the local neighbourhoods such as through blue and green recreational areas."

Morten Kabell, Mayor for the Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen

Copenhagen at work

Copenhagen´s water management efforts revolve around two main objectives:    
- Climate change adaptation in dense city areas
- Bathing possibilities in the harbour

Interested in finding out more? Contact the project leader, Jørgen Lund Madsen (e-mail: jma[at]tmf.kk.dk).

Copenhagen's inhabitants hold a close interaction with water

Copenhagen's member of the UWA2030 Core Group

Jørgen Lund Madsen (Head of unit, Water and environmental assessments)

Jørgen is an environmental engineer. He is responsible for the city’s control of tap water, waste water, ground water and waste water.


Quick facts on Copenhagen

Location within country

Copenhagen, Capital of Denmark, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It is a dense city with small streams running to the harbour.

Number of inhabitants

Greater Copenhagen: 1,500,000

Municipality: 600,000

Main economic sectors

- Private and public services
- Trade

Source/s of water supply


Main utilities providing water and waste water services

HOFOR (water supply and sewer system)
Biofos (waste water treatment)

More information: www.kk.dk

Updated: September 2017