Research project

The Water Flow Diagram (WFD)

The water flow diagram is open-source tool for visualising urban water systems and accelerating more inclusive and integrated urban water management.nts.

To manage urban water, it is necessary to know its flows and stocks and the issues at stake. Together with our partners we have developed an easy-to-understand diagram to visualize urban water flows and make urban water management tangible for a broad audience: the Water Flow Diagram (WFD). The aim is to empower municipalities and the local stakeholders to work towards reducing inequity and increasing resilience in urban water management. The WFD shows in one picture all the water resources and flows, and it identifies the challenges and opportunities related to SDG6 and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS). It connects information related to both Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and assists in the creation of a joint vision to prioritise action. The WFD can be use for

  • Advocacy and awareness raising
  • Launch the dialogue
  • Stratetgic planning support


SDC, Heks, Leading House South East Asia