Where to be in 2050? How to facilitate change towards sustainable urban water service? Policy makers are challenged with rising and emerging change pressures on traditional urban water management practices and infrastructures. Changing social, economic and environmental patterns will affect the urban water services of tomorrow - the backbone of our society. This guide centres the urban water management transitions framework by Brown et al. 2009 characterising the evolution and the example future UWCS development. Furthermore, this guide provides information and assistance for shaping the transition towards the described, desirable urban water futures by addressing visioning, lock-in effects, tools to measure the current state of sustainability, principles of resilience, flexibility and adaptivity in terms of urban water systems and the five dimensions of UWCS sustainability regarding future pressures and trends about, among others, climate change, population growth and changing water demand. Open Access repository:
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