As populations grow, and economies develop, more and more users ask for more and more water. This leads to higher demands. It is needed to enable utilities to flexibly cope with the challenges of population growth and rising demand. An important aspect is to decrease the large differences in development between rich and poor areas, by developing smart ways to connect slums to infrastructure, develop methods to reduce water use, and to develop infrastructure which can be installed in densely populated areas. Platforms to gain or share ideas on sustainable and equitable water allocation:
- http://watergovernance.org/ - The Water Governance Facility (WGF) team is working towards a world where water is shared and allocated sustainably, equitably and efficiently, making it universally available to meet everyone’s basic needs.
- http://www.waterlawandgovernance.org/ - The Water Law and Governance Support Platform (WLGSP) offers legal expertise and ad hoc technical support on water governance issues in transboundary basins.
- http://www.internationalwaterlaw.org/ - The mission of the International Water Law Project (IWLP) is to serve as the premier resource on the Internet for international water law and policy issues. Its purpose is to educate and provide relevant resources to the public and to facilitate cooperation over the world’s fresh water resources.
- http://www.transboundarywaters.orst.edu/database/index.html - OSU has databases on transboundary water management agreements.