Lights over a Dutch Canal. Bert Kaufmann, Flickr.

What you can do for your city on World Water Day

This article originally appeared on on March 20, 2015.

Thursday, March 23 is World Water Day.

Water is the lifeblood of a city, and every city faces some type of water challenge. Helping your city address these challenges is essential to becoming more resilient. Here’s some useful information to think critically about the role of water in cities and what you can do.



1. Dig into water crises – flood, drought, scarcity, and pollution – which the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos identified as the risk with the largest expected impact on the world over the next 10 years, and how city resilience can help.

2. Check out innovative maps of the water sources for 530 of the world’s cities, developed by 100RC Platform Partner The Nature Conservancy.



3. Visit to use this interactive map, developed by The Nature Conservancy.

4. Learn how three members of 100 Resilient Cities Are Solving Water Challenges.

5. Read about some of our cities that are wrestling with water issues, including Bangkok, Thailand and Surat, India.

6. Learn more about the history and motivation of World Water Day from the United Nations.

7. Get out and participate in a World Water Day event near you.
Let us know in the comments or on Twitter how your city is addressing its water challenges using #ResilientCities and #Water or #WorldWaterDay.