About the Project

Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate Based Adaptations in Indian Cities (IAdapt) is a three year project supported by IDRC, Canada, that focuses on empowering cities to transition from traditional approaches of water management (which considers water supply, wastewater and storm water as separate entities to be planned, implemented and operated in silos) to an ‘Integrated Approach’ based on the principles of integrated water resource management (IWRM) and integrated urban water management (IUWM).

The primary objective is to institutionalize climate change adaptation measures by creating an enabling ecosystem in cities to adopt and implement IUWM approaches at a city level and IWRM approaches at catchment level guided by participatory catchment planning, simple decision support tools, catchment level action plans development and multipronged financing approaches for the plans.

Specific Objectives

  • A. Expanding an existing IUWM framework to catchment area while addressing challenges presented by climate change for improved water security at catchment level.
  • B. Developing multi-stakeholder platforms to bring together rural and urban stakeholders and/or upstream and downstream users to enable greater exchange of information and promote collaborative action and planning for improved water management. Special focus will be laid on marginalized communities.
  • C. Scientifically informed and participatory Catchment Management Plan formulation for long term water security and management at catchment level by including urban and rural stakeholders.
  • D. Capacity building of stakeholders on various aspects of IUWM, climate change, scientific decision making and project financing
  • E. Creation of a compendium on financing options for IUWM and IWRM, with focus on innovative approaches, facilitated through cross learning.

Project Cities

The project is being implemented in two cities in India.

  • Solapur Maharashtra

    Key Facts

    Population: 9.51 lakhs
    Area: 178.57 sq.km
    Sources of water: 4 (Ujjani dam – the only perennial source, is located 100 km from the city)
    Key economic sectors: Textile & sugar industries, agriculture and beedi making

    Selected as Smart City under Smart Cities Mission of Government of India

  • Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

    Key Facts

    Population(2011): 10.48 lakhs
    Area: 61.88 sq.km
    Sources of water: 2 (Krishna River is the main source)
    Key economic sectors: Processing of agricultural products, automobile body building, hardware, textile, consumer goods and small scale industries.

    Selected under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme of Government of India