Benchmark your city’s current water performance
The Water Sensitive Cities Index is a benchmarking tool for mapping your city’s current urban water management performance against 34 indicators characterising a water sensitive city. The 34 indicators relate to 7 goals of a water sensitive city.
Each indicator is scored on a 1–5 rating scale in a collaborative workshop process. An accredited provider then enters the data into the web-based platform that displays the results and enables them to be compared with results from other cities.
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Where to find more information
You’ll find more information about benchmarking your city on the following pages:
Benchmarking is your critical first step
Developing an understanding of your city’s current water sensitive city performance is a critical first step in becoming a water sensitive city—managing water to meet your city’s needs and to support liveability, sustainability, resilience and productivity.
The Index helps guide coordinated action among stakeholders as you navigate your water sensitive city journey.
Benchmarking puts stakeholders on the same page
With the Index, you will gain:
- a shared understanding of how your city is managing water today
- greater insight into the outcomes from being a water sensitive city and the types of solution you need
- a better understanding of local strengths and weaknesses for being a water sensitive city a useful starting point for the rest of the CRCWSC’s Transition Planning Process, a 5-module system for accelerating your transition to a water sensitive city.
You’ll receive 3 types of results
Water sensitive city goals
The scores for the WSC Index goals are based on the indicator scores. The goal scores can be presented in a radar chart that highlights your city’s strengths and weaknesses. The larger the polygon, the closer your city is to achieving a score of 5 for each goal area.
The scores can be filtered to map the city–states that you’ll find in the Urban Water Transitions Framework. The scores represent your city’s attainment of each city–state (expressed as a percentage). Your city does not have to fully achieve the early city–states to progress to later city–states.
Water sensitive city outcomes
The scores can also be filtered according to the outcomes of a water sensitive city: liveability, sustainability, productivity and resilience. This allows you to focus on particular outcomes.