For operational and executive directors of services Securing water resources for the city

Setting up action plans and monitoring their implementation in the field.

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Pour les directeurs généraux Securing water resources for the city

For whom

  • Executive Directors
  • Exploitation Directors
  • Financial Directors
  • Executive Officers
  • Managers

Why follow this training?

The Water for All Chair offers thematic specialized sessions.

  • They bring together industry experts and are open to any water and sanitation professional.
  • Come and learn about the operational management of your unit and the operating processes, acquire new practices and new tools.
  • Innovate and upgrade your knowledge in the perspective of the evolution of your career. Restructure your teams and equip your employees with new practices and organizations to support the reform of the sector.
  • Lead your drinking water or sanitation service towards excellence in continuity, quality, sustainability and accessibility.

Training contents


  • Learn the methods to assess the water resource-requirements equation for the utility, in current and future situations
  • Refresh and supplement knowledge on the various water resources that can be dammed for the urban supply (conventional and unconventional)
  • Highlight the specifics of water resource damming projects (length of project cycle, key success factors, etc.)
  • Understand the legal and institutional prerequisites for securing the resources for a urban conglomeration (in quantity and quality)
  • Master the methods used to evaluate the resource requirements of the service, in the current situation and prospectively
  • Refresh and complete knowledge on the different water resources available for urban food (conventional and unconventional)
  • Highlight the specificities of resource mobilization projects (long duration of the project cycle, key factors of success …)
  • Understand the legal and institutional prerequisites for securing the resources of an urban agglomeration (in quantity and quality)
  • Acquire tools for multi-criteria analysis of options for ensuring sufficient water resources (including economic, political and environmental feasibility)


Surface water resources: variability over time, impact of climate change, competition between uses, management of damming and storage works, protecting quality. Economic comparison of options

Groundwater resources: water research methods, techniques for exploiting boreholes and well fields; assessing the sustainable production capacity of an aquifer; quality standards and protecting against pollution

Reuse of municipal wastewater: what quality for what purposes? Health risks and corresponding quality standards; treatment methods and associated costs; need to involve all of the stakeholders

Desalination of seawater or brackish water: available techniques, costs and corresponding energy requirements; update on global development of projects; pre-requisites for the use of desalination in low-income countries

Analysis of damming strategies of a few cities in the world representing a variety of situations

Introduction to IWRM:

  • Analysis of the procedure for applying the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) in France.
  • Illustration of different IWRM issues based on the activities of a large watershed organization: case study of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).
  • Presentation of examples of local IWRM programmes in France: SAGE.
  • Individual analysis of a case of basin management and comparison with the European context (on the issues, political governance and consultation processes, etc.)


  • Ability to guide and supervise preparatory studies for water resources projects
  • Ability to realistically compare conventional and unconventional options
  • Knowledge of similar cases to those in the trainee’s home service, and lessons learnt following the development of real projects


  • Charting our water future (Mc Kinsey- 2009)
  • The ABCs of desalting (source: International Desalination Association):
    “Water P-Notes” of the World Bank:
  • No. 40: Making the Most of Scarcity: Accountability for Better Water Management in the Middle East and North Africa
  • No. 50: Climate Change and Urban Water Utilities: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Visit websites:
  • International Network of Basin Organizations
  • BRGM
  • Singapore Public Utilities Board (PUB)
  • California Water Commission
  • Global Water Partnership