Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"We no longer can simply take water for granted. Water is a theme that will only gain importance in the future. In facing the water challenges, I believe cities can play a vital role. The Urban Water Agenda 2030 might help cities to build the necessary capacity to deal with this."

Wim Dries, Mayor of Genk

Genk at work | Revitalising the Stiemerbeek

The Stiemerbeek is a small stream linking various neighborhoods and strategic sites in Genk. The Stiemerbeek suffers from poor water quality and environmental degradation. The natural stream has become a wastewater canal due to the many sewer overflows. The urbanisation in the valley causes a rapid discharge of rainwater combined with poor recharge of the groundwater table resulting in the drying out of the valley and in biodiversity losses.

The City of Genk has started a project with the ambition to turn the Stiemerbeek valley into a blue-green multifunctional linear urban park including the development of recreational areas in tandem with nature conservation and ecosystem services. The project will take a close look at how nature-based solutions can be used and which innovative participatory governance and financing models can be developed and applied.

Interested in finding out more? You can learn more about the project here, or by contacting the Project Coordinator, Katrien Van De Sijpe (e-mail: katrien.vandesijpe[at]genk.be).

A section of the Stiemerbeek

Genk's member of the UWA2030 Core Group

Peter Vos (Expert in Sustainability)

Peter Vos is a sustainability officer at the City of Genk. Since 2014, he is responsible for fostering strategies, coalitions and enthusiasm for accelerating the transition to a sustainable Genk.


Quick facts on Genk

Location within country

Genk lies in Flanders, close to the Dutch and German border. Genk is located at the Albert Canal and is part of the Demer and Scheldt river basin.

Number of inhabitants

65,939 (2017)

Main economic sectors

Genk is one of the largest industrial cities in Belgium.

Source/s of water supply

Groundwater and surface water

Main utilities providing water and waste water services

- De Watergroep
- Aquafin
- Infrax

More information: www.genk.be

Updated: September 2017