Improving Efficiency & Reliability in Urban Water Supply Systems

Project Description

The increasing global population, coupled with advancements in industrial and agricultural sectors, has led to a rise in water demand, exerting pressure on water resources. Climate change exacerbates this issue, further stressing water availability. Urban areas require efficient water management strategies to ensure sustainable usage. One critical aspect is reducing Non-Revenue Water (NRW), which encompasses both real and apparent water losses in water supply systems (WSS). High NRW levels not only result in economic losses but also strain water resources and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, optimizing water supply infrastructure to minimize NRW is essential for climate change adaptation and sustainable urban water management.


The primary objective of this project is to combat water scarcity in urban areas by enhancing climate change adaptation measures, with a specific focus on improving the efficiency and reliability of urban Water Supply Systems (WSS). Additionally, the project aims to address quantity management of water in urban areas facing high risks of water scarcity, population growth, increasing water demands, and adverse climate change impacts. By reducing water losses and Non-Revenue Water (NRW), introducing key performance indicators (KPIs) for water supply management, and promoting water-saving measures, the project aims to achieve resilience of communities and cities and protect natural water resources. Moreover, the project will facilitate the exchange of know-how and experience between Turkey and Malta, aligning with the priorities of the call for proposals.

Project Outcome

The outcomes of this action aim to improve the efficiency and reliability of urban Water Supply Systems (WSS) by implementing policy changes and raising public awareness for water savings. The overarching impact of the action is to combat water scarcity in urban areas by enhancing climate change adaptation measures.

Setting up an online monitoring system in Water Distribution Systems (WDS) for real-time flow and pressure monitoring, using SCADA systems and smart water meters to enhance efficiency.

Reducing Non-Revenue Water (NRW) through analysis, hydraulic modeling, and leakage control techniques, aligning with efficiency and emission reduction goals.

Increasing WDS reliability through scenario analyses and management options development is crucial for climate resilience.

Capacity building and awareness campaigns for water saving, directly addressing action outcomes, and enhancing climate adaptation.

Recommendations to revise Turkish water loss regulation to improve sustainability and municipal water efficiency.

Project Duration

Starting date: December 2023

End Date: June 2025

Total Duration: 18Months

Budget Allocated: €433,246.24 between 4 project partners.

Energy and Water Agency (Malta): €34,654.00


External Website: In development

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