Water benefits

Water is a valuable asset that brings economic, quality of life and health benefits when it is managed well.

It has natural beauty, supports attractive and valuable habitats, and provides many opportunities for enjoyment, relaxation and recreation.

Better quality of life

Sustainable water management improves our quality of life by:

  • providing opportunities for stimulation and relaxation
  • supporting attractive and valuable habitats
  • giving access to natural features in predominantly built environments
  • securing water for irrigation to reduce the urban heat island effect
  • reducing the risk of flooding for vulnerable communities.

Healthier community

Sustainable water management improves our health and wellbeing by:

  • providing opportunities for sport and recreation
  • enhancing mental stimulation and relaxation
  • reducing exposure to pollution
  • ensuring supply of safe water.

Stronger local economy

Sustainable water management strengthens the local economy by:

  • reducing running costs for households and businesses through minimising consumption
  • reducing clean-up costs from pollution incidents and floods
  • lowering insurance premiums through decreasing flood risk
  • enhancing the value of waterside locations.

Protection from climate change

Sustainable water management mitigates climate change by:

  • reducing the need for high energy water treatment processes
  • reducing the need for water transfer between regions and localities
  • avoiding the need for resource intensive engineering solutions
  • sustaining a healthy green infrastructure network.

Sustainable water management can help adapt to the effects of climate change by:

  • creating cooler microclimates through evaporative cooling
  • reducing vulnerability to flooding
  • enhancing flood water storage capacity
  • reducing impact of extreme weather such as storms and high winds
  • conserving soil and vegetation via increased provision of irrigation
  • ensuring green infrastructure contributes to reducing the urban heat island effect by keeping green assets irrigated.


CABE and Urban Practitioners
with the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield