POWER Newsletter


POWER - A social response to global water issues

Welcome to the POWER newsletter. This ambitious project will help cities throughout the world to improve the management and operation of water related issues by working with 4 key demonstrator cities on 4 water related subjects. We will share knowledge and experience with other, follower cities through the new digital social platform.

Our team of experts from different fields is developing the project to help cities improve their water management issues as part of the EIP Water Action Group City Blueprints. This newsletter and updates on our website will keep you updated on progress.

We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Prof Paul Fleming, Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development.
De Montfort University, Leicester. UK. Project Co-ordinator

POWER at a glance

The Project "Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges" (POWER) is funded by the EU under the H2020-ICT10c-2015 Call. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 Partners, including four research institutions dealing with environmental, social and governance issues, two innovation SMEs, two European organisations and four key demonstration cities. For 48 months of activities, from December 2015 to November 2019, the Project aims to set up a user-driven Digital Social Platform (DSP) for the expansion and governance of POWER existing water networks by engaging on a large scale with stakeholders in the co-creation and delivery of digital products and services to citizens involving awareness-raising, new policy initiatives and deployment.

Further information on http://www.power-h2020.eu

Water issues in the projects' pilot cities

The POWER social innovation model addresses four water issues which are among the EIP WATER Action Groups’ priorities. The 4 key demonstration cities, represented by municipal administrations and water companies, have been chosen because of their ongoing work in water related areas: water scarcity in Milton Keynes, Great Britain, (represented by Milton Keynes Council (MKC)), water quality in Sabadell, Catalonia, (represented by the Companyia D'Aigues de Sabadell SA (CASSA)), flood risk in Leicester, Great Britain, (represented by Leicester City Council (LCC)), variables related to water conservation in Jerusalem, Israel, (represented by HAGHION COMPANY Ltd.). These four cities will provide the information for the follower cities to use and engage in dialogue.

Water scarcity is constraining new developments taking place in Milton Keynes. Action therefore needs to be taken to reduce overall consumption to allow further development. The POWER DSP model will address this by sharing and exchanging knowledge with citizens, etc. The main goal for the city of Milton Keynes is to promote water conservation behaviour and achieve quantifiable water savings using social awareness incentives.

In the city of Sabadell water is supplied in two qualities: drinking water and water for non-drinking purposes. In all cases the water has a quality according to established legal requirements. CASSA is implementing an information system that enables real-time information about the quality and conditions of service throughout their distribution networks. The main goal of the city of Sabadell is to promote improved water quality by the active involvement of citizens.

Leicester has a surface water flood risk. It has developed GIS mapping and real time rain gauges to try and predict potential flood risk. Leicester will then take further actions to reduce the risk of surface water flooding through public engagement activities via the POWER DSP. The main goal for Leicester city is to promote awareness of potential extreme weather events such as flooding by providing real time river water levels and predictive warnings for combined sewer overflows in specific geographical areas of the city.

The present trend in Jerusalem’s municipal water utilities is active management of the system, including managing water pressure, water quality, water flow. Located in a semi-arid climate, the issue of conservation is of major importance to Hagihon – The Jerusalem Regional Water Utility. The main goal for the city of Jerusalem is to promote water conservation behaviours, achieve quantifiable water savings and improved awareness regarding water quality by sharing data with other water utilities.

To download the complete report, please proceed to POWER project website at:
Report on best practices in water management for all 4 use cases

Best practices in partner cities – Leicester City Council on Flood risk

Leicester City Council (LCC) is a lead local flood authority and is responsible for producing, maintaining, applying and monitoring local flood risk management. It has a long-term history of practical knowledge collection in flood risk management. Besides technical publications LCC provides sponsorship for training of local staff and contributes to National Standards for sustainable drainage systems.

According to the Flood Risk Regulations LCC has defined four stages of reporting requirements: First stage was flood risk assessment on 2011 followed by drawing up a Surface Management Plan, conducting a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and finally by implementing the Local Flood risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) in 2015. The LFRMS determines all responsibilities of LCC and other local authorities. After an extensive mapping of flood incidents a detailed flood risk modeling was created. This modelling built the foundation of national investments. As an integrated part of the LFRMS the action plan with short, medium and long-term actions were specified.

Four different case studies in the area of Leicester have been defined to increase their storage capacity in order to be more resilient against climate change effects besides other benefits such as improved water quality, biodiversity and amenity. All actions of these case studies like to achieve the main objectives of the strategy:

  • reducing the number of properties at risk from flooding,
  • helping residents, property and business owners in the area become more resilient to flood events,
  • reducing the area of highway under water,
  • increasing the area of green space reducing the number of pollution incidents.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy [pdf - 1.08 MB]

International events

FLOODrisk 2016

The 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management will explore research advances in flood risk analysis and innovations in flood risk management practice. The conference will consider all aspects of flood risk and will cover the causes of floods, their impacts on people, property and the environment, and portfolios of risk management measures.

17th - 21st October 2016, Lyon, France

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H2O Urban

At the meeting and discussion venue for the entire water services sector participants can discover the latest technologies, treatment systems, equipment and services for management of mains water, process water and wastewater for civil use.

19th - 21th October 2016, Bologna, Italy

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687809.

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