This is a campaign about Water Sensitivity. It hopes to inspire and guide individuals, groups, corporates, industry and entire cities and catchments to become more water sensitive. A big part of that is to translate academic research into everyday language, images, icons and step-by-step guides that help everyday people to make decisions.
AquaSavvy is currently hosted by the Future Water Research Institute at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and as such has an ear on the heartbeat of the most current research.
The biggest and most important specific goal for AquaSavvy is to showcase research on water sensitivity relevant to South Africa in everyday language. The most important audience is everyday people. There is a lot going on for practitioners, academics, policy makers, etc etc etc, but sometimes us normal people just want to know what we can do, too.
What is Water Sensitivity?
Water is the foundation of a well functioning urban system. It is the key to liveable spaces (quoted from The Source Magazine).
The International Water Association (IWA) recently created a set of principles for Water-Wise Cities, on which we base our judgement criteria.
This is not strictly speaking a competition. Having not even really launched (at time of writing mid 2017) we can’t say where it’s going to go yet. Depending on what sponsors we attract, we would like to have award functions and the pomp and fuss that winners deserve, but we don’t believe in only one winner per category. Instead, we aim to judge the entries based on their initiative, and the judgement criteria, as well as how much they incorporate advice and feedback from the judges and advisers over a two year period (we’re still working on the details).