Enabling the assessment of alternative water supply systems to promote urban water security in the Global South


AltWater convened a very successful Special Session at the 19th WaterNet conference in Livingstone, Zambia


The Session was held from 0800-1100 on Friday 02 November 2018 at the 19th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Development and Management: Managing Water for the future in a challenging environment in Eastern and Southern Africa (31 October – 2nd November 2018).

The session was convened by Dr. Janez Sušnik (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands) and Prof. Dinis Juzio (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique). The session consisted of six talks:

  1. Building the training capacity to meet water supply challenges in Mozambique: N. Trifunovic, J. Faiane, A. L. Dimande, A. Alli & K. Govender
  2. Can individual smallholder irrigators access water stored in the sandy river beds of ephemeral rivers in semi-arid Mozambique? – Preliminary lessons from action research: P. Saveca, C. Cambaza, S. Henriques, M. Hulshof, A Ribeiro, T Stigter, R. Vuik & P. Van der Zaag
  3. Assessing the Potential of Alternative Water Supply Sources In Mozambique: J. Susnik, C. Cossa, J. Ferrato, J. Francisco, C. Cossa, A. Cabrera, K. Schwartz, A. Pathirana, S. Sharma & F. Bichai
  4. A satellite-based quantification of variability of water distribution and use in furrow irrigated sugarcane fields in Xinavane, Mozambique: N. den Besten, O. Khan, M. Muleya, R. de Jeu & P. van der Zaag
  5. Establishment of a river quality baseline for the Buzi Basin in Mozambique: F. Steinbruch & S. M. Weise
  6. Monitoring and modelling groundwater salinity in the great Maputo aquifer, Mozambique: F. Mussá, A. Casillas, Y. Zhou, T. Stigter & D. Juizo

Three of the talks are DUPC2 funded projects (AltWater, A4Labs and SALINPROVE). The session therefore showcased ongoing DUPC2 research and outputs. In addition, three other related projects in Mozambique were presented (FIPAG training academy project, IWACA-TECH, and a non-IHE project on water quality). Prof. van der Zaag also gave a 2-minute pitch for the DUPC2 “SMALL” project.

The session had about 30 attendees. There was plenty of time for questions and clarifications, and this led to a lively and relaxed session, with good interaction amongst all present.

Photos can be viewed in the Gallery.

Follower City workshop in Beira (06-08 February) was successful.

The follower city workshop in Beira from 06-08 February 2018 ended successfully. There was good attendance, and lively interactions and discussion. a new 'intervision' format was trialled to better engage all participants, and this had a very good impact. Participants felt at teh end of the event that future collaboration would be easier, and that a lot was learned. A workshop report is available here, and presentations can be found under the Outputs section. Photos are included in the Photo Gallery.

First AltWater deliverables now available

The first deliverable in AltWater is now available. This deliverable examines the current and possible future water supply and demand situation in Surabaya, a leader city. 

The deliverable can be downloaded here.
The second deliverable for Maputo is also available, and can be downloaded from the Outputs section of the website.

Mozambique Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) website online

Related to the AltWater project, a Mozambique-focused SDI is now online. SDI is a platform especially for sharing spatial data, though other documents can also be shared, such as reports and papers. At the moment, contributions are limited, but we hope to populate it with more data from AltWater for others to explore as time goes on.
See for more information (in English and Portuguese).

A busy 2018 is expected
Happy 2018 to everyone. AltWater should see a busy 2018. The first two deliverables will be posted to the website early this year. In addition, the second partner workshops are going to be held in our 'follower cities'. The first will be held in Beira (Mozambique) from 5-9 February, and the second in Gresik, Indonesia, will be held later in the spring. A very much interactive approach with plenty of time for discussion and city-to-city learning will be encouraged.

Watch this space for project updates, deliverables and workshops reports and photographs throughout 2018.

Guidance Document 2 now available

The second Guidance Document on future estimation of urban water supply and demand is now available for download from our Outputs page.

AltWater project presented at the Dresden Nexus Conference 2017
The AltWater project was presented to a wide audience at the Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 ( The work was presented by Dr. Janez Susnik, and the talk generated a lively and interesting discussion. A PDF of the presentation can be downloaded here. For further information, please contact Dr. Susnik (information on the Contact page).

Leader City workshop in Maputo followed in the footsteps of Surabaya, and was a success
The second AltWater Leader City workshop in Maputo, Mozambique, was just as successful as the first workshop in Surabaya. 30 participants from a number of diverse local stakeholders including utilities, the Ministry and academia attended the two-and-a-half day event, which was well received and generated intense and useful discussions.

A full report on the workshop can be read here. In addition, workshop material can be viewed in the Outputs section of the website, and photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.

Second Leader City workshop planned
Our first leader city training workshop will be held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 26-28 April 2017. Workshop contents will be posted soon, along with a report and the materials after the completion of the workshop.

Leader City workshop in Surabaya a success
The first AltWater Leader City workshop in Surabaya, Indonesia, was a great success. 33 participants from a number of local stakeholders attended the two-and-a-half day event, which was well received. Short study visits followed the main workshop, and collaboration with ITS was strengthened during a visit to ITS where a guest lecture was given and the IHE team met with the Rector of ITS. 

A full report on the workshop can be read here. In addition, workshop material can be viewed in the Outputs section of the website, and photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.

First Leader City workshop planned
Our first leader city training workshop will be held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 7-9 March 2017. Workshop contents will be posted soon, along with a report and the materials after the completion of the workshop.

AltWater Conference paper accepted
A paper outlining the AltWater project will be presented at the Dresden Nexus Conference in May 2017. Read the paper here.

Focus Discussion Group held in Surabaya
A stakeholder Focus Discussion Group, devoted to introducing AltWater to local stakeholders in the Surabaya area, was held in Surabaya on 19 January, 2017. ITS organised and hosted the event which was held at the Ibis Hotel, Surabaya. About 20 stakeholders attended the event, and included Gresik and Surabaya planning agencies, water companies and regulators, and a developers association. Topics included project introduction, and discussions on water supply programmes and water resources.

Photos from the event are in our Photo Gallery.

Inception workshop, July 2016
A successful project inception workshop was held in Maputo from 21-22 July 2016 at the VIP Grand Hotel in Maputo. More than thirty participants from Mozambique and Indonesia attended the event, along with two IHE staff members. The meeting was opened with a welcome by the Chairman of AdeM Mr. José Ferrete. There were presentations from the cities of Maputo, Beira, Surabaya, and Gresik describing their water supply system.  Dr. Janez Sušnik presented a detailed overview of the project, describing its deliverables, planning, milestones, etc. The event concluded with a round-table discussion among project partners discussing different aspects of the project and expectations of each of the partners.

The main outcomes from this workshop were:

  • All project partners and key stakeholders met face-to-face allowing for important project networking and confidence building;
  • IHE Delft staff learnt about the local contexts in which we will be operating.
  • Project partners understand the objectives and purpose of the project, along with what will be done during the project and when.
  • Questions, concerns and clarifications were all directly addressed.
  • A roadmap for the way forward was created as a timeline, and all parties are aware of this.

Photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery. A full report can also be read here.