Urban Water Agenda


Why an Urban Water Agenda 2030?

"We need the Urban Water Agenda 2030 to promote an integrated and innovative sustainable water management engaging authorities and citizens, to set a framework for and strengthen cooperation among stakeholders and to strengthen cooperation among local governments and the European Commission"

Rafał Dutkiewicz, Mayor of Wrocław

Wroclaw at work | Smartflow

Together with Microsoft and Future Processing, the City of Wroclaw has developed a modern IT system - Smartflow, which makes it easier to fight hard  and detectable water supply failures. For this purpose, Wroclaw was divided into several dozen measuring zones using about 100 devices to monitor the quantity and pressure of water flowing through the water supply network. This solution has made it easy to locate the most difficult type of water supply failure, the "hidden leaks".

The system is based on sensors located in the network, which provide information about the distribution of water around the clock. The most important measurements are taken mostly at night, when residents do not consume water. Afterwards the location of the leakage is precisely specified using acoustic measures.

This innovative technology, has resulted in almost half a billion liters of water being saved in Wroclaw in 2016.

Interested in finding out more? Contact the Director of the Center for New Technologies of Wroclaw MPWiK S.A, Tomasz Konieczny (e-mail: tomasz.konieczny[at]mpwik.wroc.pl).

Wroclaw's member of the UWA2030 Core Group

Joanna Kiernicka-Allavena (Director of Climate and Nature Protection Office)

Former UNFCCC national expert and UNEP/MEDPOL liaison, involved in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and WWTP supervision, currently in charge of sustainable projects, programmes and strategies including  low carbon transition and adaptation to climate change. She is also liaison to international organisations and networks in the field of climate, energy and nature.


Quick facts on Wroclaw

Location within country

Wrocław, the fourth largest city in Poland, is a municipality with county status as well as the capital city of Lower Silesia.
It is situated in the Silesian Lowland. Five big rivers flow across the city - Odra and its 4 tributaries: Bystrzyca, Oława, Ślęża and Widawa.

Number of inhabitants


Main economic sectors

Trade, services, education

Source/s of water supply

Drinking water is drawn from surface sources in the Oława Valley, which is fed with water from Nysa Kłodzka.

Main utilities providing water and waste water services

The water supply system managed by MPWiK consists of 3 plants, 4 pump rooms and 2076 km of water supply network.

More information: www.wroclaw.pl

Updated: September 2017