The City Blueprint® is a practical indicator tool that provides an overview of the most important challenges in your city. It provides a visual presentation of 25 indicators that represent different aspects of urban water management.
The City Blueprint® is a practical indicator tool that provides an overview of the most important challenges in your city. It provides a visual presentation of 25 indicators that represent different aspects of urban water management. The message is simple: the more blue, the better. It serves as a first step in the strategic planning process for long-term solutions to water challenges that a city faces. It allows cities to prioritise and integrate activities and enables experiences and knowledge to be shared between cities that experience similar challenges. The tool is designed to be easy to access, easy to understand, timely and relevant, transparent and accurate, and last, but not least, developed with the end-user in mind.
End-users are citizens, businesses, stakeholders and responsible authorities. The assessment itself is interactive, compiled together with the city’s stakeholders who hold a variety of urban water management roles: City Councils, Utilities, Water Boards, Companies, Non-Governmental Organisations, etc.
The 25 City Blueprint® indicators are scored from 0 (poor performance) to 10 (excellent performance). The 25 indicators are summarised in the Blue City Index (BCI). Together with the spider web, an indicator table is provided summarising the main social, environmental and financial trends including pressures such as urbanisation and flood risk that may affect City Blueprint water management performance.
The City Blueprint visual presentation of 25 indicators presented by Professor Kees van Leeuwen: The more blue, the better.
At present, about 60 cities in 30 different countries have been assessed by the City Blueprint® These cities and City Blueprint® results are published in over 20 scientific publications and most recently incorporated in the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. If you are interested in our work and activities, watch our introductory video or access our e-brochure. The assessment requires only one working week of research, making it an accessible and attractive opportunity for cities to join our network of City Blueprints.
The City Blueprint® in about 60 cities in 30 countries amd the overall score, the Blue City Index, ranging from 0 low performance to 10 excellent performance.
Leicester’s City Blueprint has been assessed recently. The Blueprint indicates that the city is relatively vulnerable to flooding as one fifth of the city could potentially be flooded by the river Soar. In comparison to other cities, areas with water and vegetation that can store excessive rainfall are limited and much of the city is surfaced with impermeable concrete, stones and asphalt. Subsequently, Leicester is particularly vulnerable to surface water flooding as a result of periods of both intense or prolonged rainfall.
In response to flood incidents, the city has developed a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and is actively reducing its flood vulnerability. In particular, the city is actively increasing its vegetated surfaces and reducing impermeable surfaces in order to combat water nuisance. In particular, river flood risks are being alleviated by increasing the river Soar’s flow capacity, increasing storage capacity while at the same time purifying the water and increasing biodiversity. The city’s rainwater and sewerage is collected together, which may lead to combined sewer overflow and water pollution during storm events.
Renewable energy and vital nutrients essential for the growth of crops can be abstracted from wastewater. The recovery of renewable energy and nutrients from Leicester’s wastewater has the potential for future improvement. Given the active attitude of the city to solve its flood challenges, the city’s water performance is expected to improve over the coming years.
City Blueprint® of Leicester. The more blue, the better. The scores range from 0 (the middle of the circle) to 10 (the border of the circle).
- E-Brochure City Blueprint Approach [PDF | 1.23Mb]
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